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Controversy!MMA/Boxing

HBO’s Jim Lampley Compares Pacquiao Knockout To Tsunami, Is A Dick About It


Anyone who saw Juan Manuel Marquez’s knockout of Manny Pacquiao Saturday would definitely say Pacquiao was KO’d in the most devastating of ways. But how devastating is too devastating? Thanks to HBO’s Jim Lampley, we now know.

Before we get into it, let’s read Lampley’s actual call of the knockout:

“The tsunami that hit the Philippines was just replicated by Marquez.”

Wow. Insensitive doesn’t begin to describe that description by Lampley, not only because it demeans the impact of tsunamis and typhoons that often hit the Philippines, but because one literally did just hit the country. As of today, 900 people are still missing. That is the very definition of “too soon.”

Even Dwyane Wade waited over eight years before comparing losing a basketball game to 9/11 happening. You can’t even wait a day, Jim?

Lampley has since issued an “apology” today, stating:

“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.”

After reading that, you can see why I put “apology” in quotes. Nice fake apology, Jim. The ol’ “I’m sorry you overreacted” apology. The “I’m sorry you were offended by the offensive thing I said” apology. Pretty sincere.

Sounds like you really feel bad for comparing the loss of human life to a dude getting punched in the face, Jim. Why don’t you get some perspective before you hurt yourself?

[USA Today]



  • Anonymous

    Jim Lampshade is a sports media hack…the lowest form of life walking the planet today. Happily, sports media hacks know this about themselves…which is why they’re always so rage-filled.

  • Una Fortunado

    A dick about it? Lampley issued a coherent and intelligent apology for people pretending to be outraged. Let’s grow up and care about more important things.

  • Anonymous

    we need to stop being so freakin sensitive.

  • Anonymous

    Uh, Filipinos reacting to the fight themselves said it was like being hit by another cyclone. I don’t see what the fuss is about.

  • Anonymous

    The second I heard him say this I knew that there was going to be an issue.

    I remembered watching a match a few years ago when George Foreman compared the fighters to two hurricanes colliding, right after Katrina.

    The other announcer (Lederman?) immediately criticized him saying “this is no time to joke about hurricanes” and that was the last fight that I ever say Foreman as an announcer on.

    The same guy just laughed this time and I’m sure Lampley will keep his job. I do think he should be able to, but it is funny the double standard they have.


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