By Connie Wardman
If you’re still seething about the Mayweather-Pacquiao “fight of the century” being the dud of the century, don’t despair if you’re a lover of drama and hype
If keeping calm really doesn’t work for you, if you’re one of those still smarting after paying $100 or much more to view the fight and feel you didn’t get your money’s worth, maybe the ensuing drama will distract you a bit – it appears to be the gift that keeps on giving.
Here’s the latest on the fight of “impossible/possible return fight” is that:
* Manny Pacquiao had a shoulder injury before the fight and it now requires surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff
* The tear happened during training but Pacquiao’s people didn’t disclose it on the Nevada Athletic Commission questionnaire turned in the day before the fight
* There are noises that legal action might be taken against Pacquiao on charges of perjury for not disclosing his injury
* Floyd Mayweather’s take on it? “Winners win and losers have excuses”
* According to Mike Foss of USA Today Sports, Mayweather is a boxer who doesn’t fight; Pacquiao is a fighter – Foss says the terrible fight was Pacquiao’s fault, not Mayweather’s
* Michelle Beadle, a sports reporter and host on ESPN, and CNN’s Rachel Nichols had their credentials pulled just hours before the fight was to start. Both have covered Mayweather’s history of domestic violence, leading Beadle to write that she believes her outspokenness on this issue is what caused her (and at least three other media members) to be banned from the fight
* Her access was actually reinstated late on Friday night but no one knew about it
* Yesterday Josie Harris, who has a child with Mayweather, filed a defamation lawsuit against him related to a September 2010 incident. She alleges he beat her in front of her children and is seeking damages of more than $20 million “from claims of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”
* In 2012 Mayweather served two months in jail after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of domestic battery violence in the above incident.
* But if you really need a piece of boxing history to remember all this, fear not. There is a bag of air from the MGM Grand selling on eBay with bidding starting at only $0.99.
There are certainly things in the above list to keep arguments and debates alive for years! Of course, if you’re not into boxing, it’s OK. Results of the “Deflategate” investigation were just released and that should keep things stirred up for awhile. And if you’re into nostalgia, the government’s case against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong for civil fraud is still going on. Never a dull moment – what sports drama junkie could really get bored with all this?
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