It had to happen. Since most sports writers possess only one way of reacting to a boxing card -- to declare boxing dead after the card is over -- I guess it was only a matter of time before before even such a tremendous and satisfying fight as Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV would lead to this reaction. Scoop Jackson, that sage of the sweet science, is on the beat. Here is his reaction to the fight:
This is the stupidest thing I have read a boxing writer say since ... the last time I read a boxing article on ESPN. Just kidding, sort of. This is actually even worse than the typical dross ESPN writers (outside Rafael) spew about boxing. After one of the greatest fights of modern times that ended in a KO of the year candidate (some would say shoe-in), somehow Scoop Jackson finds a way to declare boxing dead.
This despite the fact that they are already planning a fifth fight between these two! This despite the fact that there are many young fighters like Canelo already making millions and waiting for their turn to shine! This despite the fact that Mayweather, Manny, JuanMa, and Cotto are ALL STILL ACTIVE! This despite the fact that boxing is now back on network television.
I swear if everyone in the world turned on to watch a boxing event and afterwards declared themselves diehard fans, somehow a sports writer somewhere would find a way to declare the sport dead.