ESPN analyst and longtime boxing trainer Teddy Atlas has never been shy when he thinks something sucks in the world of boxing, and he wasn’t mincing words last night, either, after Jeff Horn scored a shocking and hugely debated win over Manny Pacquiao in Australia.
Here’s what Atlas said on ESPN after the fight:
“It’s only one of two things, it’s either incompetence or corruption. When you see 117-111, I don’t think anyone could be that incompetent. I’m sorry. If you know the sport, you watch the sport, you can’t be that incompetent. You see who’s landing clean, who’s just throwing, who’s not landing clean, who almost got knocked out, you can’t be that incompetent.
“So what else could it be? Corruption. Nothing else. I’m sorry. I love this sport, it’s the greatest sport in the world. It was a great day, a great night back where you guys are. It was great for the fans out there to get it on free TV, brought back to free TV where boxing belongs. It was great! It was great theater. There’s no theater like boxing. Nothing. But the decision stunk.”
In particular, the 117-111 card from judge Waleska Roldan of New York is being heavily criticized, far more so than the 115-113 cards turned in by Chris Flores of Arizona and Ramon Cerdan of Argentina.
Is Atlas on to something, or do you think he’s overreacting?