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Boxing: Bradley vs Pacquiao

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Jan 19, 2016; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Boxing promoter Bob Arum speaks to the media during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to announce the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley, Jr boxing fight April 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Jan 19, 2016; Beverly Hills, CA, USA; Boxing promoter Bob Arum speaks to the media during a press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel to announce the upcoming Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley, Jr boxing fight April 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Timothy Bradley has announced his retirement from boxing after a stellar career

Trainer Freddie Roach can't get a good glimpse of Manny Pacquiao, let alone his future

LOS ANGELES – On July 2, inside a locker room at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, the boxing trainer Freddie Roach found his protégé in the bathroom. Manny Pacquiao stood there, at a mirror, running a comb through his black hair, trying to cover a cut that opened on his head earlier that afternoon. His face was blank but barely marked.

Roach cared less that Pacquiao had “lost” to Jeff Horn, an unknown Australian welterweight that afternoon. He thought that Pacquiao had won easily and most of the world agreed with him. He cared more, far more, about how Pacquiao looked against Horn, how Pacquiao almost finished Horn in the ninth round but could not summon the kind of late flurry that defined his rise to international superstardom.

By then, it was obvious. This was Manny Pacquaio. But this wasn’t Manny Pacquiao, a boxer who once broke the orbital bones in opponents’ faces and struck with the force of a man twice his size, a fighter who made other fighters feel the name of his entrance music. Thunderstruck. “Manny wasn’t himself,” Roach told SI.com. “He didn’t look like the Manny Pacquiao I’ve known for a long time.”

Is that the first time you felt that way? Roach is asked. “The first time ever,” he says. “It was almost over in the ninth. One more round like that and, man …” His voice trails off.

“He just couldn’t do it,” Roach says.

Roach considered all that in the locker room and pushed through Pacquiao’s sizeable entourage into the bathroom. He didn’t want to come right out and say it— Are you going to retire? Maybe you should think about it— but he wanted to gauge the fighter’s reaction to how he fought, not the terrible decision. He wanted to see Pacquiao’s body language, hear his thought process. “I was trying to see where his head was at,” Roach says. “And I could not even get him to say hi to me. I don’t know if he was upset with me or what.”

It was an unusual bout, to say the least. In the week that led up to the Horn fight, Roach says Pacquiao watched all of his old highlights. It was like the boxer knew he was getting closer to the end and wanted to summon that old magic. The night before the bout, he saw himself batter a legend in Oscar De La Hoya, in the fight that announced Pacquiao to the wider mainstream sports world. What Roach remembers about that night is how smoothly it unfolded.

He thought back to that as Horn stalked and pressured Pacquiao and chaos unfolded in Pacquiao’s corner between rounds. Roach describes Pacquiao’s longtime confidant Buboy Fernandez as “hysterical,” and says he couldn’t get cutman Miguel Diaz to stop shouting when, in Roach’s opinion, more time should have been spent tending to the cuts on Pacquiao’s head, which bled profusely, leaking into his eyes. Then Roach makes a relatively stunning admission. “After watching the De La Hoya fight the night before and then this …” he says, trailing off again before picking back up.

“I once kicked two guys out Johnny Tapia’s corner,” Roach says. “His wife helped me in the later rounds, in a short dress and high heels, going up and down the stairs. Here it was just so far off that … I kind of gave up. That’s unusual for me.”

In the locker room, Pacquiao continued to comb his hair. He didn’t look at Roach. He stared at his reflection in the mirror. Roach has long said that when it’s time for Pacquiao to retire, he will tell him. He will be honest when others will look to cash in on the boxer’s fame without caring about his health. He will say the words that Pacquiao does not want to hear. “Maybe that’s what he thought I was there to tell him,” Roach says. “But I wouldn’t pick that moment. There were a lot of people. I wouldn’t embarrass anybody like that.” But try as Roach might, Pacquiao didn’t look at or respond to him. “Like he wanted his hair to be perfect,” Roach says.

He adds, “He was definitely avoiding me.”

Roach says this Monday at his gym, the Wild Card Boxing Club, after an afternoon spent working out Miguel Cotto, the super welterweight and future Hall of Famer who fights again this August. Everything is different than it was two months ago with Pacquiao. Before the Horn fight, Pacquiao had won two straight (over Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas) after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015, while competing with a torn rotator cuff.

Roach figured they’d target a Mayweather rematch after Pacquiao dispatched Horn. “That’s why we stayed in the game,” he says. “We were chasing that fight again. Because I know Manny can fight better than he did the first time he fought Mayweather. Everybody wanted that fight to happen and go on. And I wanted to cancel the fight, because I said, with that shoulder he’s not going to be able to win.”

He’s asked what he means by everybody? The people around Pacquiao? The networks? “Everyone in the world,” Roach says. “If they didn’t fight then, they said it would never happen.”

In the dressing room in Australia, Roach knew—deep in his soul—that fights like the Mayweather fight for Pacquiao were over now. On his way back to the United States, Roach told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports! that he suggested to Pacquiao he should retire. But on Monday, Roach does not say that. Now, he says that Pacquiao should stage a rematch with Horn or retire. When pressed on which option he would choose, if it were solely up to him—and it most definitely is not—he says, “I would give him the benefit of the doubt and let him have one more. I would.”

But what if he looked the same? “Look, I wouldn’t expect a new guy to come out there,” Roach says. “I know what I have now.”

What about Terence Crawford? That’s a fight that Roach says he would not sanction. “If we fight Terance Crawford right now, he’s very athletic,” Roach says. “He’s very mobile. He’s like a young Manny Pacquiao. I don’t think we want to fight a guy like that, at this point.”

As Roach sees it, Pacquiao had two issues before the Horn bout. The first was the time required to serve as a Senator in his native country, the Philippines. The second was how he trained, and it wasn’t that Pacquiao spent too little time working out. It was that he trained too much, trained like he was 28 rather than 38.

When the Senate session ended in the middle of training, Roach says he and Team Pacquiao decamped to General Santos City and training picked up exponentially. It was strange, because Roach says the martial law had been enacted, and everywhere he went, he had two bodyguards shadowing him, police officers who carried M16s. In hindsight—and to be clear here, Roach is not saying that he could tell before the Horn fight that Pacquiao would struggle in the later rounds—Roach says they “left a lot in the gym.”

He points to Cotto as a comparison for how he would like Pacquiao to train. Cotto is 36 now, toward the end of his career, and as he aged, he ran twice a week rather than six times a week, replacing road miles with lower-impact training, like pool exercises and what not. Roach believes those decisions ultimately prolonged Cotto’s career. But with Pacquiao, he says, “I don’t think I could convince him.”

In response to critical public comments made by Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing, who said Pacquiao was overconfident and that his corner didn’t yell enough at the referee over Horn’s tactics between rounds, Roach shrugged. He’d only heard what Arum said second hand. He says he asked the inspector to speak with the referee after Round 5, because he was concerned by Horn’s head butts (he counted 25 upon review) and the way he continually pushed Pacquiao’s head down. He said the inspector warned him he would be disqualified for that.

Thirty minutes had passed Monday. Roach sat there, on the ring apron, surrounded by the framed pictures of himself and boxing royalty hanging on the wall. Then he made an interesting pivot. If the MMA star Conor McGregor wanted to beat Mayweather in August, Roach says, he now had a blueprint for how it’s possible: pressure, roughhouse, engage—basically what Horn did to Pacquiao, turning a boxing match into something closer to a brawl. “I wouldn’t count McGregor out anymore,” Roach says. “He can win if he gets the right breaks.”

He’s asked if he felt the same way before Australia. “I don’t think so,” Roach admits.

Eventually, he came back to Pacquiao, to that moment in the dressing room, when the fighter who felt more like a son to him would not look him in the eye. Roach and Pacquiao have worked together for more than a decade now. He had never seen Pacquiao like that. What stood out was the silence. “I really don’t know if he’s mad at me,” Roach says. “But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?”

Trainer Freddie Roach can't get a good glimpse of Manny Pacquiao, let alone his future

LOS ANGELES – On July 2, inside a locker room at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, the boxing trainer Freddie Roach found his protégé in the bathroom. Manny Pacquiao stood there, at a mirror, running a comb through his black hair, trying to cover a cut that opened on his head earlier that afternoon. His face was blank but barely marked.

Roach cared less that Pacquiao had “lost” to Jeff Horn, an unknown Australian welterweight that afternoon. He thought that Pacquiao had won easily and most of the world agreed with him. He cared more, far more, about how Pacquiao looked against Horn, how Pacquiao almost finished Horn in the ninth round but could not summon the kind of late flurry that defined his rise to international superstardom.

By then, it was obvious. This was Manny Pacquaio. But this wasn’t Manny Pacquiao, a boxer who once broke the orbital bones in opponents’ faces and struck with the force of a man twice his size, a fighter who made other fighters feel the name of his entrance music. Thunderstruck. “Manny wasn’t himself,” Roach told SI.com. “He didn’t look like the Manny Pacquiao I’ve known for a long time.”

Is that the first time you felt that way? Roach is asked. “The first time ever,” he says. “It was almost over in the ninth. One more round like that and, man …” His voice trails off.

“He just couldn’t do it,” Roach says.

Roach considered all that in the locker room and pushed through Pacquiao’s sizeable entourage into the bathroom. He didn’t want to come right out and say it— Are you going to retire? Maybe you should think about it— but he wanted to gauge the fighter’s reaction to how he fought, not the terrible decision. He wanted to see Pacquiao’s body language, hear his thought process. “I was trying to see where his head was at,” Roach says. “And I could not even get him to say hi to me. I don’t know if he was upset with me or what.”

It was an unusual bout, to say the least. In the week that led up to the Horn fight, Roach says Pacquiao watched all of his old highlights. It was like the boxer knew he was getting closer to the end and wanted to summon that old magic. The night before the bout, he saw himself batter a legend in Oscar De La Hoya, in the fight that announced Pacquiao to the wider mainstream sports world. What Roach remembers about that night is how smoothly it unfolded.

He thought back to that as Horn stalked and pressured Pacquiao and chaos unfolded in Pacquiao’s corner between rounds. Roach describes Pacquiao’s longtime confidant Buboy Fernandez as “hysterical,” and says he couldn’t get cutman Miguel Diaz to stop shouting when, in Roach’s opinion, more time should have been spent tending to the cuts on Pacquiao’s head, which bled profusely, leaking into his eyes. Then Roach makes a relatively stunning admission. “After watching the De La Hoya fight the night before and then this …” he says, trailing off again before picking back up.

“I once kicked two guys out Johnny Tapia’s corner,” Roach says. “His wife helped me in the later rounds, in a short dress and high heels, going up and down the stairs. Here it was just so far off that … I kind of gave up. That’s unusual for me.”

In the locker room, Pacquiao continued to comb his hair. He didn’t look at Roach. He stared at his reflection in the mirror. Roach has long said that when it’s time for Pacquiao to retire, he will tell him. He will be honest when others will look to cash in on the boxer’s fame without caring about his health. He will say the words that Pacquiao does not want to hear. “Maybe that’s what he thought I was there to tell him,” Roach says. “But I wouldn’t pick that moment. There were a lot of people. I wouldn’t embarrass anybody like that.” But try as Roach might, Pacquiao didn’t look at or respond to him. “Like he wanted his hair to be perfect,” Roach says.

He adds, “He was definitely avoiding me.”

Roach says this Monday at his gym, the Wild Card Boxing Club, after an afternoon spent working out Miguel Cotto, the super welterweight and future Hall of Famer who fights again this August. Everything is different than it was two months ago with Pacquiao. Before the Horn fight, Pacquiao had won two straight (over Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas) after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2015, while competing with a torn rotator cuff.

Roach figured they’d target a Mayweather rematch after Pacquiao dispatched Horn. “That’s why we stayed in the game,” he says. “We were chasing that fight again. Because I know Manny can fight better than he did the first time he fought Mayweather. Everybody wanted that fight to happen and go on. And I wanted to cancel the fight, because I said, with that shoulder he’s not going to be able to win.”

He’s asked what he means by everybody? The people around Pacquiao? The networks? “Everyone in the world,” Roach says. “If they didn’t fight then, they said it would never happen.”

In the dressing room in Australia, Roach knew—deep in his soul—that fights like the Mayweather fight for Pacquiao were over now. On his way back to the United States, Roach told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports! that he suggested to Pacquiao he should retire. But on Monday, Roach does not say that. Now, he says that Pacquiao should stage a rematch with Horn or retire. When pressed on which option he would choose, if it were solely up to him—and it most definitely is not—he says, “I would give him the benefit of the doubt and let him have one more. I would.”

But what if he looked the same? “Look, I wouldn’t expect a new guy to come out there,” Roach says. “I know what I have now.”

What about Terence Crawford? That’s a fight that Roach says he would not sanction. “If we fight Terance Crawford right now, he’s very athletic,” Roach says. “He’s very mobile. He’s like a young Manny Pacquiao. I don’t think we want to fight a guy like that, at this point.”

As Roach sees it, Pacquiao had two issues before the Horn bout. The first was the time required to serve as a Senator in his native country, the Philippines. The second was how he trained, and it wasn’t that Pacquiao spent too little time working out. It was that he trained too much, trained like he was 28 rather than 38.

When the Senate session ended in the middle of training, Roach says he and Team Pacquiao decamped to General Santos City and training picked up exponentially. It was strange, because Roach says the martial law had been enacted, and everywhere he went, he had two bodyguards shadowing him, police officers who carried M16s. In hindsight—and to be clear here, Roach is not saying that he could tell before the Horn fight that Pacquiao would struggle in the later rounds—Roach says they “left a lot in the gym.”

He points to Cotto as a comparison for how he would like Pacquiao to train. Cotto is 36 now, toward the end of his career, and as he aged, he ran twice a week rather than six times a week, replacing road miles with lower-impact training, like pool exercises and what not. Roach believes those decisions ultimately prolonged Cotto’s career. But with Pacquiao, he says, “I don’t think I could convince him.”

In response to critical public comments made by Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing, who said Pacquiao was overconfident and that his corner didn’t yell enough at the referee over Horn’s tactics between rounds, Roach shrugged. He’d only heard what Arum said second hand. He says he asked the inspector to speak with the referee after Round 5, because he was concerned by Horn’s head butts (he counted 25 upon review) and the way he continually pushed Pacquiao’s head down. He said the inspector warned him he would be disqualified for that.

Thirty minutes had passed Monday. Roach sat there, on the ring apron, surrounded by the framed pictures of himself and boxing royalty hanging on the wall. Then he made an interesting pivot. If the MMA star Conor McGregor wanted to beat Mayweather in August, Roach says, he now had a blueprint for how it’s possible: pressure, roughhouse, engage—basically what Horn did to Pacquiao, turning a boxing match into something closer to a brawl. “I wouldn’t count McGregor out anymore,” Roach says. “He can win if he gets the right breaks.”

He’s asked if he felt the same way before Australia. “I don’t think so,” Roach admits.

Eventually, he came back to Pacquiao, to that moment in the dressing room, when the fighter who felt more like a son to him would not look him in the eye. Roach and Pacquiao have worked together for more than a decade now. He had never seen Pacquiao like that. What stood out was the silence. “I really don’t know if he’s mad at me,” Roach says. “But I can tell you this: I haven’t been paid yet. So who knows?”

Media Circus: Karl Ravech on replacing Chris Berman as the voice of the Home Run Derby

The Home Run Derby has always occupied a strange place in the sports television landscape. It’s a made-up event for television, but one that has the sporting public’s attention. It easily outdraws the Stanley Cup Finals every year—even in down years—and the 7.1 million viewers who watched the event in 2015 was more than the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavs and Celtics averaged (6.3 million) this year.

This year’s Derby on Monday night (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and WatchESPN) from Miami is particularly interesting given a number of factors: First, there is genuine hype with the inclusion of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, a pair of young and charismatic long ball hitters from two major media markets (New York and Miami). Then there is the devaluing of the traditional All Star Game (8 p.m. ET Tuesday, FOX) given the game no longer carries the home field element of the World Series. The Derby will also have a new host (ESPN’s Karl Ravech) whose style is dramatically different than Chris Berman, always a polarizing figure no matter what event he called.

In an interview with SI.com this week, Ravech said he will approach the assignment much like he has always appeared on air: prepared, informative and low key. There will be no signature home run calls or screaming about nearby towns. Berman is a close friend of Ravech and he reached out this week to wish him luck.

“Chris had a unique approach to this and I think everybody associated the Derby as much with him as they did with the guys hitting the baseballs,” Ravech said. “He brought this to a bar as a broadcaster that I would not even attempt to jump over. But having Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the field, I can hopefully complement their ability to take us to a higher level. If I can be a condiment to the main course, that is my goal. What I think has helped me is not to rely on any shtick and to be like the Chris Fowler or Mike Tirico’s of the world. They are informed and connected and I think the fan appreciates that or at least I hope he or she does.”

Berman was a polarizing figure on this assignment, a sure bet to trend on Twitter during the night. If you liked his style, you undoubtedly felt his bravado added to the showmanship of the event. If you disliked what he did, words such as self-aggrandizement or vainglorious might come up.

I asked Ravech if how Berman was perceived by many for this event factored into his approach this year.

“I would answer that question by saying I’ve been at ESPN since 1993 and seen guys like Berman, Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann and others who were uniquely talented in what they did, and to some degree rely upon a fantastic style that clearly appeared to a massively amount of people for a long period of time. In Chris’s case with the Derby, you have to recognize this had been one of the most highly rated events of the year (in baseball) and in large tribute to what he was able to do. I think the struggles for the Derby in recent years were about lack of real enthusiasm from some of the game’s best home run hitters. They did not necessarily want to do it and if they don’t want to do it, the fans have a bit of an apathy to the event. Now that you have a Judge and Stanton embracing it, I think the fans can get excited about. I don’t think Chris's polarization would cause a viewer to turn it off because I would hope that you were not just tuning in to hear him say back-back-back. You are tuning in to see where Giancarlo Stanton hits a baseball. … But I do think Chris should get some great credit because when that event was at its pinnacle, he was perfect for it.”

Last year’s Derby drew an event-low 5.524 million viewers and was way down from the event’s high in 2008 when 9.1 million watched Josh Hamilton bash 28 home runs in the first round before falling to Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins in the final round. But I agree with Ravech: The event is poised to be up significantly this year given the appearance of Judge and Stanton (clouting balls in his hometown). An equally interesting television story to watch will be what Fox draws for the All-Star Game. Last year’s broadcast hit an all-time low with 8.71 million viewers and the first time the event failed to crack 10 million viewers. This year’s game has drawn little promotional buzz. If Judge and Stanton perform in the Derby, that could give a boost to Fox on the next night.

Ravech is also part of another sports broadcasting story that will get attention as the season closes. On Monday ESPN’s Dan Shulman told Sports Illustrated that he is stepping away from Sunday Night Baseball next season to get a better work-life balance. Refreshingly, Ravech did not go Kofi Annan when asked if he was interested in the job. He said he wants it. “This is one of our key properties and I would be honored to do it,” Ravech said. “I would hope that I would be considered to do it. Without making a big case for myself, one of the things I think ESPN appreciates is I have worked with as many different analysts over my career there as anyone in the building. So whatever the Sunday booth is, if it is Jess [Jessica Mendoza] and Aaron [Boone], I have worked with them on a number of different event. If it is someone else, I will have proven I can work with them. I think we have several qualified candidates in house who could do it really well. But, yes, it would be honor to be considered and I’d love to do it.”

That decision is expected to be made by ESPN management in the offseason and given ESPN’s cost-cutting in baseball it would be stunning if the job does not go to a current ESPN baseball gamecaller such as Ravech, Jon Sciambi or Dave Flemming.

Given his long tenure at ESPN and that he is most associated with baseball, the devaluing of Baseball Tonight by ESPN management was a tough one for Ravech. He was diplomatic about the larger reasons behind the decision but did not sugarcoat his disappointment about ESPN’s reduction of content in the sport.

“Being in the room with the entire Baseball Tonight staff when we were informed that we were going to become a Sunday only show, I can tell you I saw several people in the room who were crying because they were so upset about it,” Ravech said. “I did not agree with the idea that this is good for ESPN. I certainly would like to see more baseball and would like to have more Baseball Tonight on.

“That being said, I do understand that the landscape has changed dramatically when Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds and I were doing the show and it was appointment TV. There were not RSNs (Regional Sports Networks) at the time and I think that is the biggest reason regarding diminishing the highlight appetite for baseball. People who watch the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox or whatever your team is, you stick with your local broadcast after the game. I understand where the audience has gone, but I don’t understand ceding the property or territory to anyone else. There are a lot of factors beyond a Baseball Tonight show that went into a decision like that. It was way beyond our control. In the long term, I hope we can bring Baseball Tonight back. I’d be lying if I said it was something I was happy about.”

THE NOISE REPORT

(SI.com examines some of the weeks most notable sports media stories)

1. The NBC Sports Group made an interesting hire last week by bringing on Jim Mackay as an on-course reporter for the Golf Channel and NBC’s coverage of The Open, FedExCup Playoffs and Presidents Cup in 2017. Mackay caddied for Phil Mickelson for 25 years, a tenure that included five major championships and 42 PGA TOUR wins for the golfer. NBC Sports said this is the first time a full-time PGA Tour caddie had been signed for a tournament broadcasting role.

“His experiences on Phil's bag for all those wins and some of the excruciatingly close second place finishes gives him insight into how things are happening out on the course, and what players and caddies are going through,” said NBC Sports golf producer Tommy Roy. “The caddie's perspective is something new to golf television. We had the experiment a couple years back at the RSM [RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga.] where we had Bones and John Wood working for us to hear the caddie perspective, and I was really blown away by how good both those guys were. In thinking about the possibility of bringing one of them on, Bones became available first, and so we were glad to have him join the team. I just can't say enough about what I know he's going to bring to the table, especially at [Royal] Birkdale, where the role of the caddie is magnified exponentially with those conditions there.”

2. ESPN’s Joe Tessitore was on the mic for one of the most controversial boxing decisions of 2017 (or any year): Jeff Horn’s victory over Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. I emailed him a couple of questions this week for some insight how he saw things ringside.

SI.com: How crazy was the post fight scene for you?

Tessitore: In the ring post fight you couldn't write the Hollywood script—Horn being ecstatic in a life changing moment and then dedicating the fight to his wife, saying that his “greatest day is yet to come, as she is pregnant.” It was spectacular. I couldn't believe it played out that way. Three times prior in the broadcast I referred to this being just like Rocky. When he ended I said, "The only thing missing from Jeff Horn's interview was “Yo Adrian, I did it!" That was a gift of a postfight served up to us, and I thought the live SportsCenter we did topped it. I loved the post fight scene. It was so raw. I've known Pacquaio and his entire camp for many, many years so I didn't hesitate to throw down my headsets and get to the ring to tell Manny to get to me ASAP. Horn was already there and it was great. To have them side by side with us on SportsCenter, and for [analyst] Teddy [Atlas] to tell Horn to his face, "I thought you lost," was so authentic. Standing between Manny and Horn at that moment on-air as they showed such respect for the other was special.

SI.com: I'm not sure I've ever seen an analyst call out the officials at an event as Teddy Atlas did. How did you view his comments?

Tessitore: Teddy has been critical of judges for years, and he is without peer as a boxing mind. Still, you have to understand he isn't just a boxing analyst. The sport is his entire life. He views himself as a protector of the fighters, and add in the fact that he may be the most passionate and overly expressive sports analyst on TV. His comments tend to be thrown like haymakers. With his powerful opinion, the viewers can get knocked over by it all. Many ringside observers in Brisbane didn't have as much of an issue with the Horn win. I think Teddy himself would tell you to not let his views on the scores get in the way of what was an amazing night of action and a massive global event. That was an extremely entertaining fight. That fight delivered greatly to the fans. I felt the fight was closer than what Teddy saw, as did former world champion and Pacquiao conqueror Timothy Bradley who was on the call with us. I gave Jeff Horn more of the early rounds than Teddy did. When you sit against the ring you see things differently than the TV audience does. I don't think Teddy's scorecard was that far off at all however, though I favored Horn's earlier work. I am going to rewatch the fight when I get back home and score it fresh. Did I think Pacman won? Yes. Do I believe the hackneyed knee jerk reaction that it was a black eye for boxing? Absolutely not. It was a tough fight that Teddy favored Manny in by appreciating Manny being more technically sound and accurate, compared to the awkward rugged and aggressive pure desire of Horn. Pacquaio himself wasn't outraged. He was a class act and gracious in defeat.

3. How is the morale at Fox Sports right now? Said one staffer: “What is shi--ier than sh--ty?"

3a. ESPN's Dan Shulman is stepping away from Sunday Night Baseball after this season.

4. Non-sports pieces of note:

• Vital reading from Mark Bowden, writing for The Atlantic: How To Deal with North Korea

Gut-wrenching read from Julie Lurie of Mother Jones on a flood of children—having lost their parents to drug use or overdose—are living with foster families or relatives

• An addictive link from TIME: See How Well You Can Draw All 50 States

• A remarkable story by Washington Post reporter Craig M. Whitlock on the FBI’s investigation of complaints that Bobby Knight groped women at U.S. spy agency

Via Bloomberg: A massively under-covered story: U.S. power plants being breached by hackers working for foreign government

• From Janet Reitman of the New York Times Magazine: How the death of a Muslim recruit revealed a culture of brutality in the Marines

• Jeffrey Weiss of the Dallas Morning News, on his brain cancer

• From David Forrest of The Guardian: The political message hidden on the goalposts at the 1978 World Cup

What to do with the swastika in the attic

• From Jana Pruden of The Walrus: Thirteen years ago, a five-year-old girl named Tamra Keepness disappeared in Regina. She has never been found

• Via History.com: Does This Photo Show Amelia Earhart After Her Plane Disappeared?

4a. Sports pieces of note:

• From Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times: She was his rock. Now a failed NFL player is accused of killing his mother

New York Times sports columnist Michael Powell on U.S. high jumper Chaunte Lowe

• From SI’s Alex Abnos and Dan Greene: The oral history of NBA Jam

• From SI’s Alex Prewitt: In the early 90s, thousands of newborns were named after Shaquille O'Neal. Not all of them are happy about it

The Guardian examines one of the most famous soccer photos ever

• ESPN’s Peter Keating, on women athletes, concussions and the sports neuro-establishment

• Via The Athletic Toronto: The rise, fall and redemption of the Clune Brothers

Esquire’s Tim Bella profiles Curt Schilling

San Diego Union-Tribune sports columnist Nick Canepa pays tribute to his late mentor

5. Big drop for FS1's coverage of the Big3 basketball in Week Two: The broadcast drew 234,000 viewers, down from the 398,000 who watched for the debut.

5a. The second Monday at Wimbledon is always one of the best days of the year in tennis. The ESPN schedule.

5b. Karl Ravech is not the only baseball broadcaster in his family. His 22-year-old son, Sam, is a first-year broadcaster for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a Double A affiliate of the Giants.

Ravech said Sam wrote sports for his high school outlets and was always around Karl’s assignments, including the MLB postseason. He said he first became aware of Sam’s interest in radio and television when Sam was a junior in high school. “I listen to his games on iHeart Radio,” Ravech said. “It’s great. The world has shrunk and I tune in to every Flying Squirrels game I can. He sounds like a professional radio broadcaster. He did a game in Hartford and it was the first time I entered into his world and his booth as opposed to mine. For somebody who is one year out of college, he sounds appropriate for his age and experience and is getting better every game.”

5c. Filed under biased: Incredibly disappointing to learn my former SI colleague Michael Farber will not be part of the re-launch of TSN’s (Canada) The Reporters, which is akin to ESPN’s The Sports Reporters except much less insufferable. The show moves to a new time on Sundays at 9 a.m. ET beginning September 10 on TSN. Dave Hodge will host with panelists Steve Simmons and Bruce Arthur. Farber (along with Red Fisher) is arguably the greatest living sport writer in Canada. Such a move makes little editorial sense.

Boxing continues to knock itself out with bewildering, incorrect decisions

Here was boxing living down to its crooked reputation again late Saturday. Here were three judges who sat ringside and watched an aged Manny Pacquiao fight someone named Jeff Horn in Australia and somehow came to the unanimous conclusion that Pacquiao had lost. Here came all the Twitter backlash, the warranted anger and three-blind-mice memes and the one-word hashtag that summarized another decision that was surprising in how unsurprising it really was.

#boxing

That’s Saturday night in a nutshell. That’s Saturday night summarized. I scored the bout at home, after watching the ESPN telecast, and I had Pacquiao winning nine rounds and losing three (the first, sixth and 10th). I had friends who saw the contest 8-4 or 7-5. Fair enough. The broadcaster Teddy Atlas had spent the better part of an hour gushing over Pacquiao and perhaps his commentary nudged a close round or two in Pacquiao’s favor. Even accounting for that I can’t write up a fictional scenario in which Pacquiao had lost, let alone one in which a judge with two working eyeballs saw the fight 117-111 in favor of Horn, which actually happened on one scorecard.

This put me in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with the professional agitator Stephen A. Smith, who railed about the decision on SportsCenter. He wasn’t wrong. Nor was Atlas, who said the decision owed to incompetence or corruption. He was right. There’s simple no other explanation.

Still, I called Lou DiBella on Sunday morning for a professional opinion. DiBella is a longtime promoter, the founder of DiBella Entertainment and before that a boxing executive at HBO. He knows the sport as well anyone and had watched the bout on Saturday, and he told me that “three sixth graders who had never seen a fight before would have been more accurate.”

“There’s no way on God’s earth that a rational person who knew anything about boxing could have scored the fight for Horn,” DiBella continued. “He showed great heart but landed fewer than eight punches a round.”

It’s hard to disagree with the furor over the decision. But what that means for boxing as a sport and the casual sports fan who flipped to ESPN last night to catch Pacquiao’s first action on cable since 2005 is more nuanced and more complicated.

I agree with DiBella that those who know boxing and who follow the sport regularly were not surprised, even though I imagine everyone in that category felt that Pacquaio won. DiBella cited two other bouts from the last three days that he considered terrible scores: Robert Easter Jr.’s win at lightweight over Denis Shafikov (DiBella thought Easter won but not 120-108 like two judges had it) and Ivan Golub’s loss to Jamontay Clark at welterweight in a bout DiBella said Golub clearly won.

“Boxing fans are so used to this kind of garbage,” DiBella said. “Questionable judging on three fights in two days over one weekend reinforces the narrative that’s a major contributing factor in what turned the sport of kings into something that’s now in the ‘other sports’ column on major web sites. It’s been a long, steady decline downward and the expectations of boxing fans don’t preclude nights like last night. Boxing fans expect that decisions like that are somewhat routine.”

I agree with DiBella that the fact Horn lost even though three judges said he won should not take away from his performance. He entered the Pacquaio fight a heavy underdog and pressured Pacquiao from the opening bell to the final one, exposing Pacquiao as a champion whose prime has ended, who is no longer the powerful, dizzying, spectacular athlete who charmed the sports world en route to winning fighter of the decade (and to underscore that point, he was the fighter of the last decade, not this one). Horn met an Old Pacquiao and turned in the proverbial fight of his life. Respect. “He still lost,” DiBella said. “And it was a Rocky I-like performance. But anyone who watched Rocky-1 knows that Rocky lost.”

DiBella also scored the fight 9-3 in Pacquiao’s favor. He even watched the replay of the bout on ESPN as late Saturday turned to early Sunday. Started to watch, anyway, and turned it off after six rounds. His opinion had only hardened upon a second look. He didn’t even make it to the ninth round on his repeat viewing, which is where Pacquiao battered Horn so badly the referee told Horn that if he didn’t show anything in the 10th the ref would stop the fight.

But DiBella doesn’t think this laughable Pacquiao decision will deter fans from watching the sport in the months ahead. I agree with him that it won’t deter boxing fans and I agreed when he told me that “those fans hold low expectations for boxing in regard to the veracity of what they’re going to see” and added that “last night was just another night at the office.” But I think the casual sports fan, someone who rarely watches boxing but paid for Mayweather-Pacquiao two years ago and plans to watch the spectacle that will pit welterweight king Floyd Mayweather against MMA star Conor McGregor this August, will see boxing less as a worthy option for big bouts and more as a joke. That hurts the sport in ways that will continue to push it toward irrelevance, whether two million curious suckers pay $100 to watch Mayweather-McGregor or not. That makes boxing less sustainable than it already is, especially outside of its hardcore fanbase.

“The flip side of that,” DiBella said, “is people are talking about this, about how Manny Pacquiao got robbed. The problem is they’re also saying, oh, there goes boxing again.”

What’s sad about what happened Saturday isn’t that that a victory was stolen from Pacquiao, even though it was. That happened to Pacquiao before, when he beat Tim Bradley in obvious win in 2012. What sucks about what happened Saturday is that Bradley, commentating ringside for ESPN, called the controversy before it happened on the broadcast. He saw the insanity before it became insanity, same as I did and same as so many others who watched the fight.

Boxing has a had a bounce-back year in 2016. Optimism still abounds. I’m still excited to watch several bouts upcoming. But Saturday is one example of why the sport will never return to its heyday, why it will never be a mainstream staple again in the U.S.

Saturday was #boxing more or less.

Boxing continues to knock itself out with bewildering, incorrect decisions

Here was boxing living down to its crooked reputation again late Saturday. Here were three judges who sat ringside and watched an aged Manny Pacquiao fight someone named Jeff Horn in Australia and somehow came to the unanimous conclusion that Pacquiao had lost. Here came all the Twitter backlash, the warranted anger and three-blind-mice memes and the one-word hashtag that summarized another decision that was surprising in how unsurprising it really was.

#boxing

That’s Saturday night in a nutshell. That’s Saturday night summarized. I scored the bout at home, after watching the ESPN telecast, and I had Pacquiao winning nine rounds and losing three (the first, sixth and 10th). I had friends who saw the contest 8-4 or 7-5. Fair enough. The broadcaster Teddy Atlas had spent the better part of an hour gushing over Pacquiao and perhaps his commentary nudged a close round or two in Pacquiao’s favor. Even accounting for that I can’t write up a fictional scenario in which Pacquiao had lost, let alone one in which a judge with two working eyeballs saw the fight 117-111 in favor of Horn, which actually happened on one scorecard.

This put me in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with the professional agitator Stephen A. Smith, who railed about the decision on SportsCenter. He wasn’t wrong. Nor was Atlas, who said the decision owed to incompetence or corruption. He was right. There’s simple no other explanation.

Still, I called Lou DiBella on Sunday morning for a professional opinion. DiBella is a longtime promoter, the founder of DiBella Entertainment and before that a boxing executive at HBO. He knows the sport as well anyone and had watched the bout on Saturday, and he told me that “three sixth graders who had never seen a fight before would have been more accurate.”

“There’s no way on God’s earth that a rational person who knew anything about boxing could have scored the fight for Horn,” DiBella continued. “He showed great heart but landed fewer than eight punches a round.”

It’s hard to disagree with the furor over the decision. But what that means for boxing as a sport and the casual sports fan who flipped to ESPN last night to catch Pacquiao’s first action on cable since 2005 is more nuanced and more complicated.

I agree with DiBella that those who know boxing and who follow the sport regularly were not surprised, even though I imagine everyone in that category felt that Pacquaio won. DiBella cited two other bouts from the last three days that he considered terrible scores: Robert Easter Jr.’s win at lightweight over Denis Shafikov (DiBella thought Easter won but not 120-108 like two judges had it) and Ivan Golub’s loss to Jamontay Clark at welterweight in a bout DiBella said Golub clearly won.

“Boxing fans are so used to this kind of garbage,” DiBella said. “Questionable judging on three fights in two days over one weekend reinforces the narrative that’s a major contributing factor in what turned the sport of kings into something that’s now in the ‘other sports’ column on major web sites. It’s been a long, steady decline downward and the expectations of boxing fans don’t preclude nights like last night. Boxing fans expect that decisions like that are somewhat routine.”

I agree with DiBella that the fact Horn lost even though three judges said he won should not take away from his performance. He entered the Pacquaio fight a heavy underdog and pressured Pacquiao from the opening bell to the final one, exposing Pacquiao as a champion whose prime has ended, who is no longer the powerful, dizzying, spectacular athlete who charmed the sports world en route to winning fighter of the decade (and to underscore that point, he was the fighter of the last decade, not this one). Horn met an Old Pacquiao and turned in the proverbial fight of his life. Respect. “He still lost,” DiBella said. “And it was a Rocky I-like performance. But anyone who watched Rocky-1 knows that Rocky lost.”

DiBella also scored the fight 9-3 in Pacquiao’s favor. He even watched the replay of the bout on ESPN as late Saturday turned to early Sunday. Started to watch, anyway, and turned it off after six rounds. His opinion had only hardened upon a second look. He didn’t even make it to the ninth round on his repeat viewing, which is where Pacquiao battered Horn so badly the referee told Horn that if he didn’t show anything in the 10th the ref would stop the fight.

But DiBella doesn’t think this laughable Pacquiao decision will deter fans from watching the sport in the months ahead. I agree with him that it won’t deter boxing fans and I agreed when he told me that “those fans hold low expectations for boxing in regard to the veracity of what they’re going to see” and added that “last night was just another night at the office.” But I think the casual sports fan, someone who rarely watches boxing but paid for Mayweather-Pacquiao two years ago and plans to watch the spectacle that will pit welterweight king Floyd Mayweather against MMA star Conor McGregor this August, will see boxing less as a worthy option for big bouts and more as a joke. That hurts the sport in ways that will continue to push it toward irrelevance, whether two million curious suckers pay $100 to watch Mayweather-McGregor or not. That makes boxing less sustainable than it already is, especially outside of its hardcore fanbase.

“The flip side of that,” DiBella said, “is people are talking about this, about how Manny Pacquiao got robbed. The problem is they’re also saying, oh, there goes boxing again.”

What’s sad about what happened Saturday isn’t that that a victory was stolen from Pacquiao, even though it was. That happened to Pacquiao before, when he beat Tim Bradley in obvious win in 2012. What sucks about what happened Saturday is that Bradley, commentating ringside for ESPN, called the controversy before it happened on the broadcast. He saw the insanity before it became insanity, same as I did and same as so many others who watched the fight.

Boxing has a had a bounce-back year in 2016. Optimism still abounds. I’m still excited to watch several bouts upcoming. But Saturday is one example of why the sport will never return to its heyday, why it will never be a mainstream staple again in the U.S.

Saturday was #boxing more or less.

Boxing continues to knock itself out with bewildering, incorrect decisions

Here was boxing living down to its crooked reputation again late Saturday. Here were three judges who sat ringside and watched an aged Manny Pacquiao fight someone named Jeff Horn in Australia and somehow came to the unanimous conclusion that Pacquiao had lost. Here came all the Twitter backlash, the warranted anger and three-blind-mice memes and the one-word hashtag that summarized another decision that was surprising in how unsurprising it really was.

#boxing

That’s Saturday night in a nutshell. That’s Saturday night summarized. I scored the bout at home, after watching the ESPN telecast, and I had Pacquiao winning nine rounds and losing three (the first, sixth and 10th). I had friends who saw the contest 8-4 or 7-5. Fair enough. The broadcaster Teddy Atlas had spent the better part of an hour gushing over Pacquiao and perhaps his commentary nudged a close round or two in Pacquiao’s favor. Even accounting for that I can’t write up a fictional scenario in which Pacquiao had lost, let alone one in which a judge with two working eyeballs saw the fight 117-111 in favor of Horn, which actually happened on one scorecard.

This put me in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with the professional agitator Stephen A. Smith, who railed about the decision on SportsCenter. He wasn’t wrong. Nor was Atlas, who said the decision owed to incompetence or corruption. He was right. There’s simple no other explanation.

Still, I called Lou DiBella on Sunday morning for a professional opinion. DiBella is a longtime promoter, the founder of DiBella Entertainment and before that a boxing executive at HBO. He knows the sport as well anyone and had watched the bout on Saturday, and he told me that “three sixth graders who had never seen a fight before would have been more accurate.”

“There’s no way on God’s earth that a rational person who knew anything about boxing could have scored the fight for Horn,” DiBella continued. “He showed great heart but landed fewer than eight punches a round.”

It’s hard to disagree with the furor over the decision. But what that means for boxing as a sport and the casual sports fan who flipped to ESPN last night to catch Pacquiao’s first action on cable since 2005 is more nuanced and more complicated.

I agree with DiBella that those who know boxing and who follow the sport regularly were not surprised, even though I imagine everyone in that category felt that Pacquaio won. DiBella cited two other bouts from the last three days that he considered terrible scores: Robert Easter Jr.’s win at lightweight over Denis Shafikov (DiBella thought Easter won but not 120-108 like two judges had it) and Ivan Golub’s loss to Jamontay Clark at welterweight in a bout DiBella said Golub clearly won.

“Boxing fans are so used to this kind of garbage,” DiBella said. “Questionable judging on three fights in two days over one weekend reinforces the narrative that’s a major contributing factor in what turned the sport of kings into something that’s now in the ‘other sports’ column on major web sites. It’s been a long, steady decline downward and the expectations of boxing fans don’t preclude nights like last night. Boxing fans expect that decisions like that are somewhat routine.”

I agree with DiBella that the fact Horn lost even though three judges said he won should not take away from his performance. He entered the Pacquaio fight a heavy underdog and pressured Pacquiao from the opening bell to the final one, exposing Pacquiao as a champion whose prime has ended, who is no longer the powerful, dizzying, spectacular athlete who charmed the sports world en route to winning fighter of the decade (and to underscore that point, he was the fighter of the last decade, not this one). Horn met an Old Pacquiao and turned in the proverbial fight of his life. Respect. “He still lost,” DiBella said. “And it was a Rocky I-like performance. But anyone who watched Rocky-1 knows that Rocky lost.”

DiBella also scored the fight 9-3 in Pacquiao’s favor. He even watched the replay of the bout on ESPN as late Saturday turned to early Sunday. Started to watch, anyway, and turned it off after six rounds. His opinion had only hardened upon a second look. He didn’t even make it to the ninth round on his repeat viewing, which is where Pacquiao battered Horn so badly the referee told Horn that if he didn’t show anything in the 10th the ref would stop the fight.

But DiBella doesn’t think this laughable Pacquiao decision will deter fans from watching the sport in the months ahead. I agree with him that it won’t deter boxing fans and I agreed when he told me that “those fans hold low expectations for boxing in regard to the veracity of what they’re going to see” and added that “last night was just another night at the office.” But I think the casual sports fan, someone who rarely watches boxing but paid for Mayweather-Pacquiao two years ago and plans to watch the spectacle that will pit welterweight king Floyd Mayweather against MMA star Conor McGregor this August, will see boxing less as a worthy option for big bouts and more as a joke. That hurts the sport in ways that will continue to push it toward irrelevance, whether two million curious suckers pay $100 to watch Mayweather-McGregor or not. That makes boxing less sustainable than it already is, especially outside of its hardcore fanbase.

“The flip side of that,” DiBella said, “is people are talking about this, about how Manny Pacquiao got robbed. The problem is they’re also saying, oh, there goes boxing again.”

What’s sad about what happened Saturday isn’t that that a victory was stolen from Pacquiao, even though it was. That happened to Pacquiao before, when he beat Tim Bradley in obvious win in 2012. What sucks about what happened Saturday is that Bradley, commentating ringside for ESPN, called the controversy before it happened on the broadcast. He saw the insanity before it became insanity, same as I did and same as so many others who watched the fight.

Boxing has a had a bounce-back year in 2016. Optimism still abounds. I’m still excited to watch several bouts upcoming. But Saturday is one example of why the sport will never return to its heyday, why it will never be a mainstream staple again in the U.S.

Saturday was #boxing more or less.

Stephen A., Bradley Jr. can't see eye-to-eye

While both Stephen A. Smith and Timothy Bradley Jr. agree that Jeff Horn should have lost to Manny Pacquiao, they cannot seem to agree with how the judges made their decision.

Stephen A., Bradley Jr. can't see eye-to-eye

While both Stephen A. Smith and Timothy Bradley Jr. agree that Jeff Horn should have lost to Manny Pacquiao, they cannot seem to agree with how the judges made their decision.

Stephen A., Bradley Jr. can't see eye-to-eye

While both Stephen A. Smith and Timothy Bradley Jr. agree that Jeff Horn should have lost to Manny Pacquiao, they cannot seem to agree with how the judges made their decision.

Stephen A., Bradley Jr. can't see eye-to-eye

While both Stephen A. Smith and Timothy Bradley Jr. agree that Jeff Horn should have lost to Manny Pacquiao, they cannot seem to agree with how the judges made their decision.

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Boxer Timothy Bradley Jr (left) says facing Manny Pacquiao has Jeff Horn "scared out of his mind"

Atlas predicts Pacquiao win by KO

Teddy Atlas gets in the ring with Tim Bradley to show how Manny Pacquiao will knock out Jeffrey Horn.

Atlas predicts Pacquiao win by KO

Teddy Atlas gets in the ring with Tim Bradley to show how Manny Pacquiao will knock out Jeffrey Horn.

Atlas predicts Pacquiao win by KO

Teddy Atlas gets in the ring with Tim Bradley to show how Manny Pacquiao will knock out Jeffrey Horn.

Atlas predicts Pacquiao win by KO

Teddy Atlas gets in the ring with Tim Bradley to show how Manny Pacquiao will knock out Jeffrey Horn.

Does Horn have a chance against Pacquiao?

Tim Bradley and Teddy Atlas disagree about Jeff Horn's best strategy for beating Manny Pacquiao.

Does Horn have a chance against Pacquiao?

Tim Bradley and Teddy Atlas disagree about Jeff Horn's best strategy for beating Manny Pacquiao.

Does Horn have a chance against Pacquiao?

Tim Bradley and Teddy Atlas disagree about Jeff Horn's best strategy for beating Manny Pacquiao.

Does Horn have a chance against Pacquiao?

Tim Bradley and Teddy Atlas disagree about Jeff Horn's best strategy for beating Manny Pacquiao.

Can Horn's will best Pacquiao's skill?

Teddy Atlas and Tim Bradley give their most intriguing aspects to Manny Pacquiao's bout with Jeff Horn.

Can Horn's will best Pacquiao's skill?

Teddy Atlas and Tim Bradley give their most intriguing aspects to Manny Pacquiao's bout with Jeff Horn.