Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fighting While Injured

I never watched the fight but from everything I had heard, the "Fight of the Century" was more like the "Bore of the Century"; and we're just in 2015! As everyone now knows, American Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Filipino Manny Pacquiao comfortably in Las Vegas.

However, it later became known that Pacquiao fought injured. An MRI scan confirmed the boxer has a torn rotator cuff that will require surgery; a flare-up of an old injury that Pacquiao re-injured while training for the bout against Mayweather. Now he is threaten with possible lawsuits for failing to disclose the injury.

I must be missing something here.

Since when is not disclosing an injury possible grounds for a lawsuit? Pacquiao is a fighter who did not want to give his opponent an edge by telling anyone he got an injury. He also did not want to pull out of the heavily hyped fight. Even in defeat, he did not use the injury as an excuse for the loss; he clearly said Mayweather was better.

So what's the problem? Pacquiao is a fighter and he wanted to fight, injury or not. That's not something to be sued for; that's something to admire. Last I checked. boxing is still a fight sport.

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