By Raimundo Ortiz (@AroundtheMundo)
Boxing fans suffered through 2014 because they’re loyal to the sport.
They sat through fights like Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri, in which a Hall of Famer took on a 140-lb. fighter who may or may not have been gifted a win over Ruslan Provodnikov, a one-dimensional brawler, then immediately fought for a title in a new weight class.
They endured Danny Garcia vs. Rod Salka, which was so effing bad that the sanctioning bodies wouldn’t call it a title fight.That same card featured Lamont Peterson beating up an aged hometown fighter, despite Garcia and Peterson both holding belts at junior welterweight. More on that in a bit.
They watched Adrien Broner brag endlessly after fighting guys below his talent level. They watched Mauricio Herrera get robbed twice despite taking on higher-profile guys and having no power in his fists. They dealt with James Kirkland and Demetrius Andrade destroying solid fights over purse squabbles, and Peter Quillin throwing away a $1.4 million payday (YUP) because Al Haymon said so. The list is endless.
Forgive me if I’m not holding my breath for a great year. Here are three things that have already happened to dim one man’s enthusiasm for the glory days of 2013. Continue reading