As published in the Campus Times
It’s tough to find a single sports fan who likes a lopsided league. Whenever there is a shallow pool of competition, fans will often highlight the dominant teams’ unfair advantages — such as the Yankees’ bank account — or a certain athlete’s run-ins with law enforcement. But, unlike baseball, basketball and even football, one sport exists in which dominance is all but a prerequisite to attract a large audience. In boxing, a pound-for-pound king is all the sweat that science needs to reel in the attention of the masses.
But if that’s the case, we may be inclined to ask why boxing is not at its pinnacle now — after all, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has utterly destroyed every obstacle that can possibly fit into a ring. His immortal résumé of recent opponents is frightening to look at. With victories over Mexican legends Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, Antonio Margaritto, and Miguel Cotto — all fighters destined for the hall of fame someday — Pacman has proven that a 108-pounder can defeat any man who is within 50 pounds and five-inches of his size.