October 17th, 2013

By Ben Dean,

On July 18th I wrote an article entitled “Boxing’s Double Standard Sidelines Rigondeaux.” In that article I spoke about the slick urban style and how the term “boxer” has become a dirty word. In the article I detailed how practitioners of the slick African American or (in Rigondeaux’s case) the Afro-Cuban style are held to a different standard. They not only have to win, but they must win on their opponent’s terms in order to receive full credit for a victory. This is one of the largest injustices in boxing today.

I am going to preface the following by saying I’m a huge fan of Juan Manuel Marquez and his trainer, Nacho Beristain. With all due respect to the Marquez camp (a first-ballot hall of famer), he is delusional if he thinks he defeated Timothy Bradley last weekend. Officially, Bradley won by split decision, but the two judges who scored it for Bradley got it right.

The lack of respect Marquez’s entire camp showed Bradley after the fight was disgusting and classless. It says a lot about someone not only in how they handle winning, but in how they handle defeat. This writer doesn’t want to be too hard on Marquez personally because as the boxer, perhaps he couldn’t immediately perceive quite how ineffective he looked. His corner also did him a major disservice by telling him he was winning the fight. He was NOT winning. It should not have even been close.

Through eight rounds, I had it 7-1 for Bradley. How is that possible one might say, becuase the fight seemed close and competitive? Well, let’s touch on the nuances of how exactly that was the case. So many tend to simply watch a competitive fight, then lean towards the winner and say that was a 115-113 fight. As my Boxingtalk colleague, Stephen “Bread” Edwards often illustrates, boxing is not scored by watching a bout in its entirety. The scoring is compartmentalized. Each round is its own compartment that must be scored individually with ten points to the winner. Was each round of Bradley-Marquez competitive and hard fought? Yes. Was Bradley winning the vast majority of those rounds? Yes.

In short, Marquez hasn’t looked that bad since Floyd Mayweather schooled him in 2009.