Why are professional boxers not allowed in the Olympics?
Before I continue, I would like to comment on the great showing of the US Men’s basketball team against China. They won convincingly with a score of 101 – 70. Their next opponent would be Angola on Tuesday at 8PM.
Ok so back to the question, ever wondered why we can’t send professional boxers like Manny Pacquiao to the Olympics to represent our country in boxing?
The answer is that the olympic boxing committee, International Boxing Association (AIBA), decides the rules and they want to use amateur rules in the Olympics, thus not allowing professional boxers to compete. Did you know that boxing is the only sport in the Olympics that doesn’t allow professional athletes?
In amateur rules, boxers wear protective helmets and points will be awarded based on the clean hits a boxer makes regardless of power since knockdowns don’t net the boxer extra points. As long as you touch your opponent cleanly with your knuckle without being blocked or parried, you’d get a point. So it’s more of a technical fight rather than power. That’s why Pacquiao has an edge over former Olympian, David Diaz, because he can feel Pacquiao’s punches even when blocked.
So why can’t they implement professional rules on the Olympics?
Well, in professional boxing the ultimate goal is the knockout and there are no protective helmets. Imagine the toll it would take on the body of a pro boxer if he would fight four times in a span of 2 weeks. Considering that prize earnings from winning a medal is significantly smaller than from PPV matches.
This is why most amateur boxers use the Olympics as a springboard to pro boxing so boxers don’t stay around for the next Olympics.
So Pacquiao can only participate in the Olympics as a flag bearer and not as a boxer. Let’s just support our lone boxing representative, Harry Tanamor, to win us a medal. My sister has the schedule of his fights posted on her blog.