Has Joel Casamayor gone mad, or is it just the usual boxing nonsense? (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
This is a minor note more than anything, but I had the desire to comment on it anyway. Ryan Burton of BoxingScene.com spoke with Joel Casamayor, the badly faded former lightweight champion who, at age 40, faces Timothy Bradley in a terrible co-feature fight on tonight's Pacquiao vs Marquez card.
Now, fighters always say they expect to win and all that, but I firmly believe that boxing is interesting to those who follow it in part because no other sport's fans and media are so fully aware that they're being lied to constantly. Athletes and authority figures in all sports exaggerate and lie, but boxing is just overflowing with complete nonsense, to the point where after all these years, the best I can usually muster is laughter. It makes following the sport more fun for me, to be honest. Accentuate the positives -- it's funny.
Anyway, even though Bradley is favored by odds ranging from -2000 to -2500 tonight, Casamayor says that after he wins he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao:
"They say the winner of this fight gets to fight Pacquiao. That is the fight I want. I want to fight the top guys," Casamayor told BoxingScene.com. ... "We were supposed to fight back then (in the super featherweight and lightweight divisions) but he wasn't ready for me. Now he has the experience so they will make the fight."
If this weren't just boxing as usual, we'd figure Casamayor has lost his marbles.
Bad Left Hook's live coverage of Pacquiao vs Marquez begins tonight at 9 p.m. EST, and we'll also have a stream of the off-TV undercard starting at 7. Stay tuned.