“Who is Cynthia J. Ross, and why should I care?”
Ms. Ross is the boxing judge who had the audacity to declare the recent bout between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez, which Floyd clearly dominated, a draw.
You should care because Ms. Ross was appointed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which should know better, and thus has some sort of “credentials”. (Good vision must not be one of them.) You should care because, like it or not, major boxing matches such as this one involve the exchange of massive amounts of money, and Ms. Ross’s actions most certainly smell of corruption. You should care because Ms. Ross was one of the judges who “stole” what looked like a clear win from Manny Pacquiao last year, and thus had no business being one of the judges for this years biggest match.
If you have any interest in promoting boxing as a legitimate sport, (as compared to a professional wrestling type “sport”), you have to be appalled by the actions of Ms. Ross. As Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said, “How that judge could be appointed after the decision of Bradley and Pacquiao is not a question I can answer. How can that happen? Is it going to happen again?”
These are the facts: Floyd Mayweather beat the snot out of Canelo Alvarez.
So why then did Cynthia score the fight a draw? As Martin Rogers wrote in his article for Yahoo Sports, ” In Ross’ defense … (crickets).”
Now I mean no disrepect to Mr. Alvarez, who is most certainly a very good athlete. He just had the misfortune to face one of the best boxers in recent history. I hope that, in the same way that Sugar Ray Leonard became a better fighter after his loss to Roberto Durán, Canelo learns from this fight, and that he too becomes a better, wiser fighter.
As for Ms. Ross, she needs to find another line of work, one more suited to whatever talents she has. She’s shown a willingness to do shameful actions for the powers-that-be. Maybe she should get a job in government? Maybe she could be our ambassador to ….. Saudi Arabia? Afghanistan? Antarctica?
This article was originally posted to Bubblews in rough draft form, then updated and posted to FullofKnowledge.