Everyone was stunned to see Juan Manuel Marquez drop Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. Mind you, the idea of Marquez winning this fight was totally accepted going in – it’s just that nobody expected to see the bout end that quickly.
Despite the fact that everyone was shocked to see Pacquiao knocked out cold, most folks handled the situation with a decent amount of dignity and grace. HBO’s Jim Lampley was not one of those people. Here was his exact quote regarding Pacquiao getting knocked out (via SportsGrid):
“The tsunami that hit the Philippines was just replicated by Marquez.”
Really? Really? Does it actually need to be explained why you don’t go there? Forget that the Philippines was just hit by a typhoon. That fact notwithstanding, it is never okay to compare a ridiculous sporting event outcome to a legitimate tragedy. 9/11 references. Holocaust references. And so on and so forth – you would think that by now people would know to steer clear of them.
Lampley, for what it’s worth, has since offered this apology:
“Last night’s comment was in no way intended to belittle or dismiss the grave severity of the typhoon’s effects or the humanity of the victims. We all know the difference between a boxing match and an event of cataclysmic human suffering. To anyone who was discomfited by the metaphorical comparison I offer my sincere and heartfelt apology. No disrespect was in any way intended.”
The Filipino people would probably outraged about this if they didn’t have bigger problems. You know, sort of like the ones that Lampley attempted to minimize in that ridiculous original statement.