WHAT’S THE STORY?
In the history of boxing there have been few fights as eagerly awaited as Saturday night’s clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
So the fact that it didn’t turn out as planned was, naturally, a huge disappointment to many fans.
But while Pacquiao himself took defeat on the chin – not to mention the torso, arms, face, and pretty much everywhere else – some of his fans just refused to see the truth. So much so that a group on the internet have clubbed together to form a truly insane conspiracy theory.
The judges, they claim, mixed up the two fighters and gave the points to the wrong fighter.
That’s right folks, in the biggest fight for a generation the three people responsible for scoring the bout are alleged to have given all their points the wrong way round, apparently because of some confusion between the colours red and blue.
WHO IS SAYING ALL THIS THEN?
A group of lunatics – a worrying large group of lunatics – have collected to discuss this nonsense over on Reddit.
AND THEY’VE JUST COOKED THE WHOLE THING UP OUT OF THIN AIR?
Oh, no, not a bit of it. Like all good conspiracy theorists they have taken one piece of evidence, inferred an absurd amount from it and made a series of other illogical assumptions to fit their view. Here’s the bit of ‘documentary evidence’ being used to back up the claims:
As you can see, Pacquiao was indeed sitting in the red corner, and Mayweather in the blue corner.
WELL, THAT DOES LOOK A BIT BAD…
Mildly careless, perhaps. But would a little ‘R’ or ‘B’ entered into the wrong box on the scorecard really outweigh the fact that ‘Floyd Mayweather’ and ‘Manny Pacquiao’ were printed, spelled correctly and everything, at the top of each column?
Of course not. And even if the two fighters were utterly obscure, such a blunder would be unthinkable. Yet it’s being talked about as if none of the three judges were able to recognise the two most famous pugilists on the planet.
GEE, WHEN YOU PUT IT LIKE THAT…
Exactly. This is truly bonkers. Not just in a ‘man didn’t go to the moon’ way, or even a ‘CIA assasins killed JFK’ sense. This is more like suggesting that Neil Armstrong only pretended to go to the moon because he felt guilty about assassinating JFK.
I AGREE! IT’S THE CRAZIEST THING I’VE HEARD ALL DAY
Hold your horses, because it’s still not quite the most ludicrous tale to come out of Saturday night/Sunday morning.
That accolade goes to Amir Khan, for his claim that Floyd Mayweather wants to fight him next, but that he may not be able to because Manny Pacquiao is also desperate to hammer out a deal.
OH BOY. EITHER OF THOSE FIGHTS SOUND GREAT!
Oh dear, you’ve really not got the hang of this yet, have you? Suffice to say that if either one of those fights happen, World of Sport confidently predicts that the bout will be refereed by Elvis Presley, who will back his way into the ring riding on the back of Shergar. You heard it here first.
People are saying Manny beat Floyd because the judges got confused by a minor error on the scorecard. Those people are incorrect.