ARLINGTON, Texas -- The venue, the crowd, the atmosphere, all of it met -- and in some cases, exceeded -- expectations. Boxing should absolutely return to Texas, where the third-largest crowd in U.S. boxing history (50,994) packed Cowboys Stadium to see
The unwatchable nature of Pacquiao-Clottey -- and it was, for the most part, at a
Clottey, in turn, did what Clottey does. He turned his forearms into a flesh-and-bone shield and his gloves into modified headgear that absorbed virtually everything Pacquiao threw at him. Of Pacquiao's 549 jabs, only 3 percent --
"I'm disappointed [in Clottey]," Roach said. "He's fighting for the title and he fought like he didn't want to win it."
Of course he didn't want to win. He had already won. The Clottey camp declared victory the day it signed the contract that guaranteed it a reported $1.25 million with a cut of the pay-per-view money after the buys hit 300,000. Fighting Pacquiao wasn't about winning; it was about not getting hurt doing it.
It was, of course, all too predictable. And it was a fight
Now the attention turns back to Pacquiao-
See, it's not just about blood testing anymore. Certainly it remains a central issue -- Arum says he will not negotiate it at all in any future talks and Schaefer insists that Mayweather will not agree to any fight without it -- but there will be others. The crash and burn of Pacquiao-Clottey (HBO's replay of the fight next Saturday isn't exactly must-see TV) and the probable success of Mayweather's upcoming fight with
Where does that leave the world's best? Sinking in a puddle of mediocrity. As Arum paraded around the disgraced welterweight Margarito like a returning hero -- instead of the lowly criminal he is for attempting to
Decent fights? Sure. The fights boxing needs? Not even close.