Boxing is truly the sport of upsets. While unexpected outcomes happen in other sports, they tend to have a certain overwhelming weight of logic to them that makes true upsets a rarity. A lot has to go wrong for the favorite for a true underdog to win a baseball game, and in a sport like tennis the grinding long haul of the match gives a favorite plenty of time to recover from one or two bad missteps.
In boxing, a single punch can alter the flow of a round, an entire fight, or end the fight right there. Boxing is also singularly unforgiving of poor training, lack of focus, or simply having a bad night. Yet even though we see quite a few upsets in boxing vis-a-vis other sports, it doesn't make them any less shocking. Just take these big upsets from the last decade:
Top 5 Upsets of the Last 10 Years
1. Manny Pacquiao RTD8 Oscar de la Hoya (2008): In the light of Pacquiao's crossover, international superstar status, it is sometimes hard to remember the days when he was merely ...