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.''