The PJ Tatler

Sen. McCain Wants Federal Regulations for...Boxing

McCain also wanted cap and trade and put his name on the worst attack on freedom of speech in recent memory, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform.” So, this isn’t very surprising.

Arguing the sweet science is “plagued” by “fraud, corruption and ineffective regulation,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is proposing a United States Boxing Commission with the power to determine who judges and referees major fights.

McCain co-introduced the legislation Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (both men were amateur boxers in their younger years). The duo’s move was spurred by Timothy Bradley’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao earlier this month in Las Vegas. Reid, who represents the boxing mecca of Nevada, said last week he believed Pacquiao should’ve won the fight, an opinion echoed by pundits. The promoter who represents both fighters said the “outlandish” decision represented “a death knell for the sport.”

“Professional boxing remains the only major sport in the United States that does not have a strong, centralized association, league or other regulatory body to establish and enforce uniform rules and practices,” McCain said in a Senate floor speech introducing the legislation. “Ineffective oversight of professional boxing will continue to result in scandals, controversies, unethical practices, a lack of trust in the integrity of judged outcomes and most tragic of all, unnecessary deaths in the sport.”

Shouldn’t the Senate stick to its constitutional roles before taking on new ones of very dubious merit?

Sen. McCain might be wise to regulate something a little closer to home.

Meghan McCain blames her support of legalizing marijuana on her experience of living in Los Angeles. Everywhere she went around the city she could smell the drug and it gave her reason to research the issue further. The political star was on the Wendy Williams Show on Monday morning dishing on her perspective of pot smoking and she really had the audience engaged. Pitching her new book, the star compared herself to rapper Snoop Dogg when she talked about pot smoking. In fact she even admitted she smokes pot.