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Giving voice to the outrage over Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision over Manny Pacquiao, two senators introduced legislation Monday that would create a special boxing commission to oversee all matches in the United States and restore integrity to the sport.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who boxed while at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a former middleweight boxer, are pushing the measure establishing the U.S. Boxing Commission, an entity that would carry out federal boxing law, work with the industry and local commissions and license boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations.

Speaking on the Senate floor, McCain evoked the words of former sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, who called boxing the ''red light district of sports.'' He said the recent dispute stemming from the welterweight bout between Bradley and Pacquiao ''is the latest example of the legitimate distrust boxing fans have for the integrity of the sport.''

''Clearly, the conspiracy theories and speculation surrounding the fight are given life because there are so many questions surrounding the integrity of the sport and how it is managed in multiple jurisdictions,'' said McCain, who pointed out that professional boxing is the only sport in the United States without a strong, centralized association regulating it.

Under the legislation, all referees and judges participating in a championship or a professional fight lasting 10 rounds or more would have to be fully registered and licensed by the commission. A sanctioning organization could provide the names of judges and referees it considers qualified for that caliber bout, but only the commission could appoint judges and referees to participate in the matches.

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6/19/12 1:48 PM
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Okay, can I actually get excited over here. Is this a legit move towards getting that overseeing government appointed body to look over the sport I love...........maybe opening the door for other positive changes down the road? Damn, I am getting goosebumps at the thought that this could actually be happening. John McCain, you cock fight hating prick, I am suddenly growing fond of you. Go gettem John!
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This is nothing but great news to fight fans everywhere. Let's hope that he succeeds.
6/19/12 1:53 PM
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Our tax dollars hard at work sigh* Phone Post
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6/19/12 1:55 PM
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 Yey, bigger goverment, more bureaucracy; because we know how great and honest the goverment is.  *fart noise*
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Long overdue, let's hope it happens. Phone Post
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The intentions behind this move are commendable, but in the end, the only thing it would accomplish is to add another layer of corruption at the top of an already hopelessly corrupt system.
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Because federal regulation has worked so well at keeping other industries from
Being shady. The pharma, oil, and tobacco industries are a great example, absolutely nothing shady going on there. Phone Post
6/19/12 1:59 PM
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Haven't they learned yet?! Phone Post
6/19/12 1:59 PM
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Never knew McCain was a boxing guy. Now it all makes sense, why he hates mma. Phone Post
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sgotwalks - Okay, can I actually get excited over here. Is this a legit move towards getting that overseeing government appointed body to look over the sport I love...........maybe opening the door for other positive changes down the road? Damn, I am getting goosebumps at the thought that this could actually be happening. John McCain, you cock fight hating prick, I am suddenly growing fond of you. Go gettem John!


You do realize that John was right, don't you? MMA WAS human cockfighting. Unregulated, poor rules, no accountability, and so much more that just make a sport indigestible.

At least John keeps up on the things he dislikes, and reconsiders the negative judgements he has passed. How about you?

Although, I don't expect the average Joe to know this was even said at all.

August 24, 2007: McCain tells NPR: "They have cleaned up the sport to the point, at least in my view, where it is not human cockfighting any more. I think they've made significant progress. They haven't made me a fan, but they have made progress."

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zman80 - Never knew McCain was a boxing guy. Now it all makes sense, why he hates mma. Phone Post
Lolol this is what I was thinking

But he watched or experienced mma in the brutal days when it was ruthless. I think he'd enjoy it now. Phone Post
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He doesn't hate MMA. He hated the sport that let people pull each others hair, fish hook one another, pummel each other in the nutsack, and bite a bitch.
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if this helps save boxing then it may be worth it. boxing is a business that brings in tax dollars to the area of the event. how much $$ is generated when manny sells 42,000 seats at cowboy stadium?
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If it is a great thing as others are making it out to be, can someone explain exactly how this US boxing commission would have prevented this decision?

It's funny how the privately run sports orgs don't have to deal with this shit.

If the UFC could hire their own refs and judges they would do a better job of it than the NSAC I have no doubt.
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TheVandalz - 
sgotwalks - Okay, can I actually get excited over here. Is this a legit move towards getting that overseeing government appointed body to look over the sport I love...........maybe opening the door for other positive changes down the road? Damn, I am getting goosebumps at the thought that this could actually be happening. John McCain, you cock fight hating prick, I am suddenly growing fond of you. Go gettem John!


You do realize that John was right, don't you? MMA WAS human cockfighting. Unregulated, poor rules, no accountability, and so much more that just make a sport indigestible.

At least John keeps up on the things he dislikes, and reconsiders the negative judgements he has passed. How about you?

Although, I don't expect the average Joe to know this was even said at all.

August 24, 2007: McCain tells NPR: "They have cleaned up the sport to the point, at least in my view, where it is not human cockfighting any more. I think they've made significant progress. They haven't made me a fan, but they have made progress."


I am a Canadian so no I do not follow every moment of McCain's career. The quote in question has most definitely received press since 2007 when he apparently lightened his stance on MMA, so apparently various factions of the press who clearly do not keep up to the minute tabs on McCain's stance on MMA either. . As for you and your pompous post, you may kiss my ass and so may John McCain. Although, I do wish him success on this endeavor for the sake of boxing.
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" It's funny how the privately run sports orgs don't have to deal with this shit. If the UFC could hire their own refs and judges they would do a better job of it than the NSAC I have no doubt."
Agreed. And I think the best way to allay suspicion of  promoters paying judges to influence them is to have promoters pay the judges. 
  
6/19/12 2:43 PM
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Whambo - If it is a great thing as others are making it out to be, can someone explain exactly how this US boxing commission would have prevented this decision?

It's funny how the privately run sports orgs don't have to deal with this shit.

If the UFC could hire their own refs and judges they would do a better job of it than the NSAC I have no doubt.


What would stop them from pulling a Pac/Bradley?
6/19/12 2:45 PM
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TheVandalz - He doesn't hate MMA. He hated the sport that let people pull each others hair, fish hook one another, pummel each other in the nutsack, and bite a bitch.


No. He hated the slight chance of MMA hurting his wifes Budweiser distributorship since Budweiser was one of boxings biggest sponsors at the time

Are you one of those dummies who believe the words coming out of a politicians mouth? McCain would have gladly backed NHB back in the day. For the right price
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sockeye - Our tax dollars hard at work sigh* <img src="/images/phone/apple.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>

As a fight fan, this doesn't seem too bad actually.
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Underground Blog - <style type="text/css"> .Article h3{ font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Verdana,Geneva,sans-serif; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; color: black; padding: 0 0 3px 5px; margin: 0 0 2px 0; } .Article h3 a{ text-decoration: none; color: black; } .Article .ArticleSource{ float: left; } </style> <div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=407706" target="_blank"> Bradley vs. Pacquiao spurs Federal legislation </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=407706" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=22&y=21&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=manny-pacquiao-timothy-bradley-06-10-12-9-43-47-768.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[msn.foxsports.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div>
<p>Giving voice to the outrage over Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision over Manny Pacquiao, two senators introduced legislation Monday that would create a special boxing commission to oversee all matches in the United States and restore integrity to the sport.</p><p>Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who boxed while at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a former middleweight boxer, are pushing the measure establishing the U.S. Boxing Commission, an entity that would carry out federal boxing law, work with the industry and local commissions and license boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations.</p><p>Speaking on the Senate floor, McCain evoked the words of former sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, who called boxing the ''red light district of sports.'' He said the recent dispute stemming from the welterweight bout between Bradley and Pacquiao ''is the latest example of the legitimate distrust boxing fans have for the integrity of the sport.''</p><p>''Clearly, the conspiracy theories and speculation surrounding the fight are given life because there are so many questions surrounding the integrity of the sport and how it is managed in multiple jurisdictions,'' said McCain, who pointed out that professional boxing is the only sport in the United States without a strong, centralized association regulating it.</p><p>Under the legislation, all referees and judges participating in a championship or a professional fight lasting 10 rounds or more would have to be fully registered and licensed by the commission. A sanctioning organization could provide the names of judges and referees it considers qualified for that caliber bout, but only the commission could appoint judges and referees to participate in the matches.</p>
<p><a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/story/US-Senators-John-McCain-Harry-Reid-introduce-US-Boxing-Commission-legislation-after-Manny-Pacquiao-Timothy-Bradley-061812" target="_blank">Read entire article...</a></p> <div style="clear: left; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div>



But... but... does this mean that the US government has finally rid MLB of steriods, and they need a new project to start?
6/19/12 3:05 PM
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"If the UFC could hire their own refs and judges they would do a better job of it than the NSAC I have no doubt."

You would trust judges and refs employed by the promoter?

I'm pretty sure the promoter of the Pac/Bradley fight is the one suspected of rigging the judging. In fact, in EVERY instance where a decision is suspected of being "rigged", it is ALWAYS the promoter who is suspected of being the one passing out the bribes. How much worse if the promoter is the one actually signing the judges' official paychecks?
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 Can John McCain just fucking die already?
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orcus - "If the UFC could hire their own refs and judges they would do a better job of it than the NSAC I have no doubt."

You would trust judges and refs employed by the promoter?

I'm pretty sure the promoter of the Pac/Bradley fight is the one suspected of rigging the judging. In fact, in EVERY instance where a decision is suspected of being "rigged", it is ALWAYS the promoter who is suspected of being the one passing out the bribes. How much worse if the promoter is the one actually signing the judges' official paychecks?


I definitely think the UFC could provide more competent judges than the athletic commissions if they were in charge of it. No one would EVER trust UFC employee judges.

This whole situation can be fixed. Hopefully it happens.

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