IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“That anyone thought Chris Algieri had a chance against Manny Pacquiao is perhaps symptomatic of a clouding lust for competition in a largely uncompetitive sport; a lust that is never stronger than when it promises to be unsatisfied on the grandest and most expensive stage. And sure, taken in a vacuum, where fantasy nonsense spreads like crabgrass and opinions are tantamount to fact, Algieri had better than no shot in hell. But when the bell rang in the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, and he was no longer buoyed by hypotheticals and overthinking, Algieri’s real chances bore out. And those chances, ultimately, were nil. Pacquiao dominated for all but a handful of seconds against Algieri, scored six knockdowns, and won by lopsided scores of 119-103, 119-103, and 120-102.”

Read TERROR AND BOREDOM: Manny Pacquiao W12 Chris Algieri on The Cruelest Sport.

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