July 7, 2015

"Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title he won after beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao this year for failing to comply with rules, the World Boxing Organization said on Monday."

If that's true, then Mayweather is quite a hot-headed stickler for rules.

31 comments:

Humperdink said...

Professional boxing, the last bastion of integrity.

Michael K said...

The pussies who are "vacating the title," might consider fighting him for it.

Ann Althouse said...

This post is about grammar.

Gahrie said...

He still won, and he still has the money.

But boxing needs to reorganize and eliminate some of these repetitive titles. There should be one unified championship title for each weight class.

UFC is going to kill boxing anyway.

Gahrie said...
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Gahrie said...

Oh I get it...Mayweather beat up Pacquiao because didn't Manny follow the rules.

ha Ha

Eats shoot and leaves; or eats, shoots, and leave

Dan from Madison said...

Mayweather said weeks ago that he was voluntarily vacating all of the titles. The joke is on you.

David said...

Mayweather is dumb like a fox. Here's the scenario:

1. Title vacant.
2. Two other guys fight for the title. One wins.
3. Is the winner really the champ? Mayweather calls him out.
4. Publicity ensues.
5. They gotta settle it in the ring.
6. Mayweather fights the winner, and more money flows to Mayweather.



Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for getting it, Gahrie. I was beginning to feel so all alone.

Gahrie said...

Thanks for getting it, Gahrie. I was beginning to feel so all alone.

I used to teach English. I have actually debated about the Oxford comma.

I currently teach History, but I'm this guy:

Student: Can I go to the bathroom?

Me: Probably.

Student: Can I go?

Me: I assume you have the capability.

Student: ??????

Class: (In a chorus) May I go to the bathroom!

Bay Area Guy said...

He got $200 Million for that boring-ass fight against Pacquiao. He's bigger than the WBO

Billy Oblivion said...

You gotta remember Ann's very Wittgensteinian about such things.

Bobber Fleck said...

My daughter is a technical writer. She has a sign on her desk:

Let's eat Grandma.

Let's eat, Grandma.


--- Punctuation saves lives. ---

The Godfather said...

Althouse, as you are a law prof, I'm not surprised that the aspect of this story that you focused on was the grammatical one. Lawyers, particularly commercial lawyers drafting agreements, have to be alert constantly for ambiguities or outright errors in their writing. It's why we are mockable for turgidness and repetition. But we are supposed to write things so that there's no basis for misunderstanding about what we mean -- unless we create the ambiguity intentionally, which is another issue.

For example, I started to write "Althouse, as a law prof I'm not surprised that you . . . ." That was ambiguous as to whether I mean that you are a law prof, or I am.

I don't know whether it was intentional ambiguity that allowed the Chief Justice to save Obamacare, or just poor drafting. My money's on poor drafting, in the sense that Congress didn't know what it was doing. Again.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

By tagging it "boxing, grammar" you may have dangled your own modifier. Now "boxing, grammar, men in shorts" would have been unequivocally funny to the close Althouse readers.

David Begley said...

Godfather

So why did John Roberts rescue some idiots?

Jake said...

Pre-text for a rematch I assume.

Jake said...

"This post is about grammar."

Duh. Thanks. It's very funny once this is apparent. Oops.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

There's one thing we're seeing a ton of. It's newspaper writers' apostropilia. They're everywhere. I'm thinkin' it's 'cause writers'r watchin' TV talkin' heads too much.

Anonymous said...

If I fail to comply with rules, will the WBO give me a welterweight world title for it too?

machine said...

...yeah, that and the many other references.

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Ignorance is Bliss said...

I don't see the point in insisting on clear grammar while at the same time insisting that the words that the grammar is organizing cannot have a fixed meaning.

Gahrie said...

I don't see the point in insisting on clear grammar while at the same time insisting that the words that the grammar is organizing cannot have a fixed meaning.

Shhh...you're harshing the mellow.

It's about feelings, not logic. Stop forcing the Patriarchy on us.

Grok the words.

Original Mike said...

"I don't see the point in insisting on clear grammar while at the same time insisting that the words that the grammar is organizing cannot have a fixed meaning."

Heh.

Ann Althouse said...

I thought this was an easy, fun laugh.

We were so not on the same wavelength here.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

So you're trying to control why people are laughing at you?


I went for a laugh too, and got one from Original Mike.

Maybe our wavelengths are not as far apart as you might think.

Freeman Hunt said...

If people can't get along on this blog, Mayweather's going to have to come around and make sure people follow the rules.

Shawn Levasseur said...

Most people don't see such grammatical problems if they comprehend what was meant by the sentence.

I didn't even get it until Althouse said this was a post about grammar.

Unknown said...

Why not have a poll on whether this was a worthwhile post and whether you should do more grammar Nazi shit.

Freeman Hunt said...

It's not about picking at grammar. Finding headlines like that was an assignment for a math class I took. In fact, you can take it too because it's free and online.