SAN DIEGO, June 16, 2012 – It has become customary for HBO to air its pay-per-view fights for its general audience a week later. But never has there been so much interest in a fight a week later as in the replay of the welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley on Saturday night, June 16, at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
To call it controversial is the boxing understatement of the year so far. Conspiracy theories continue to emerge, and a review of the fight is underway by the World Boxing Organization. The Nevada State Attorney General has been asked to examine the results.
Fans, join us for a live fight chat online as we follow the action for you right here on Communities at Washington Times. Let’s talk whether you’re seeing Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley fight for the first time or getting a second (or third) look. Then we’ll enjoy the middleweight title bout between Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee live from El Paso, Texas. Our coverage begins at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
HBO has provided fans their own blank scorecard for the fight which you can download and use to score the bout round by round.
Chavez Jr. is the son of the legendary Hall of Famer and four-time world champion who remains a beloved sports hero in Mexico, but he does not enjoy the same affection from the fans as his father.
While Chavez is undefeated at 45-0, and has the physical ability and the pedigree to succeed, his lack of discipline in and out of the ring has disappointed many people including me. This will be Chavez’ third fight working with trainer Freddie Roach.
The Irish boxer Andy Lee, 28-1 with 20 knockouts, is a lean middleweight at six-foot-two, three inches taller than Chavez. Lee’s sole loss to Brian Vera in 2008 was avenged with a unanimous decision last October. Lee is trained by Emanuel Steward and fights out of the Kronk Gym in Detroit.
Neither fighter is known for defensive skills. They both appear to be in good condition, and each represents a step up for the other. It isn’t likely to be a careful, boring fight. The event is taking place at the Sun Bowl with a capacity of 35,000, and it may be very close to capacity for the fight. The crowd will overwhelmingly support the Mexican fighter Chavez.
Boxing fans and the sport can’t take another crazy decision. Let’s hope Chavez and Lee take matters into their own hands and decide the bout with a knockout, leaving nothing for the judges to deal with.
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