After being forced to withstand knee-buckling blows to the head and defending himself against lightning fast punches against welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley was chosen as the new WBO welterweight champion in a controversial split decision Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The MGM Grand was filled with boos upon the decision and Pacquiao appeared confused while Bradley roared with approval on top of the ropes. Bob Arum, the promoter of the fight, was visibly upset.
"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am right now." Said Arum. He did say there would be a rematch in November, however, because of a clause in Bradley's contract.
Throughout the fight, Pacquiao was in control. He found opportunities to land some vicious jabs on Bradley and landed his power punches efficiently. For example, Pacquiao landed two consecutive blows to Bradley's head, which caused him to stumble aimlessly for a moment. Then, in the sixth round Bradley was backed into a corner while Pacquiao bombarded his side with a couple of mean hooks.
The NBA Draft Combine is being held today and signals that the 2012 NBA Draft is drawing closer. Watching the Oklahoma City Thunder advance to the Finals with a lineup composed of homegrown, first round picks should serve as a semblance of hope for downtrodden franchises. It will be an exciting draft with a decent but not great draft class, however, this is always the chance of a few surprises. Here are a few thoughts about what will happen come June 28.
Holding the first overall pick as well as the tenth pick, the New Orleans Hornets have a fantastic opportunity to stockpile talent one season after point guard Chris Paul left for the Clippers. New Orleans will most likely select Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis with the first pick because of his size, length and defensive ability. If the franchise decides to keep forwards Chris Kaman, Emeka Okafor or both, the Hornets will have a formidable front line.
The Boston Celtics' Game 5 victory in Miami to take a 3-2 series lead over the Heat was just another twist in an exciting Eastern Conference Final. Game 5 was a contest that just had to be seen and anyone who was unable to watch it should be disappointed to have missed a classic.
This series has showcased two great clubs with sky-high ambitions. It featured some of the greatest players in the National Basketball Association. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for the Heat, and Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo for the Celtics. The Heat are relatively young, whereas many believed the Celtics' championship window has been long closed.