Even though he probably got the idea for his show from our website, we’ll let him pass because the show is a decent attempt to talk about the important ongoings in boxing. This isn’t going to be a hard-hitting expose on boxing because Jim is the lead announcer for HBO Boxing, and because, well, boxing has its shades. I don’t imagine Lampley would be able to get guests if he got at them.
In this second episode, Lampley discusses the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley scoring insanity with one of the judges, Duane Ford. Ford is the judge who Harold Lederman said was one of the best judges in boxing before the fight. He also talks to Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, and Top Rank president, Todd Duboeuf.
He also discusses the scoring with Max Kellerman who was one of the few people to pick Bradley in an upset before the bout. Kellerman re-scored the bout. You also get to see round 7 again without sound, which was one of the rounds that all three judges scored for Bradley, when both the punch statistics and your own eyes, showed differently.
Last night’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey was weird for a few reasons. For one, Clottey left his guts in the locker room and seemingly allowed Manny to get in his head well before the fight started. Secondly, it was a boring Manny Pacquiao fight. When has there ever been a boring Manny Pacquiao fight?
But the weirdest thing about last night’s broadcast was Jim Lampley. He argued back and forth with Max Kellerman and Emmanuel Steward about Clottey’s lack of punches and it seemed as if they got upset at each other. And then, he tried to make the fight exciting by screaming, “Bang!” when Pacquiao started to land some punches. It was jarring to listen to this fine broadcaster go off the deep end just a little bit. Maybe he was just trying to make up for a lackluster fight.
Come back at 6PM Pacific and we’ll start blogging the undercard and then the main event.
We have a preview up with insight from writers like George Kimball, Bill Dwyre, and Tim Kawakami.
See you in a couple of hours.
Daniel Jacobs and Victor Lares is up first.
Jacobs made quick work of Lares. The ref stopped it after the first knockdown.
Juan Manuel Lopez is next against Sergio Medina.
Even quicker than the first fight. Medina sat up on the ropes, covered his face and just took punches. He went down three times and it was over. Pitiful performance by Medina.
Jim Lampley says that Oscar weighed in earlier today at 147 while Manny weighed in at 148 1/2. I figured De La Hoya would be at 155 by now.
With the early KOs, they have a lot of time to fill. It’s the Lampley and Merchant show right now.
Victor Ortiz and Jeff Resto are up now.
Ortiz knocked him down twice in the first round. Resto decided to fight right handed. I’m guessing he was having trouble seeing Ortiz’s straight left.
They showed Usher, James Caan, Reggie Miller, Tommie Hearns, Antonio Margarito, Iron Mike Tyson, and Sugar Shane Mosely in the crowd.
Keisha Cole is singing the National Anthem. Was Kelis busy?
Manny comes out to the ring with We Will Rock You as his entrance music. That must be his favorite karaoke song. I was hoping that Endless Love featuring he and his wife singing karaoke was going to be his entrance music.
Mike Buffer just told us to get ready to rumble. Or wait, he might’ve told Pacquiao and De La Hoya that.
You can hear the boos when Oscar was introduced. Manny’s fans are doing their job.
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao