Hard-core boxing fans decried last month's Floyd Mayweather--Conor McGregor bout as a farce - an overhyped mockery of an event designed to generate a huge payday Nike Vapormax UK Sale , boxing's reputation be damned. While these fans weren't 100 percent wrong, last weekend's draw between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin definitely stole some of their rhetorical thunder.

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But the fight itself wasn't the competitive sham many boxing fans thought it would be. The scrappy McGregor took the fight to Mayweather early and held his own into the 10th round, when his conditioning limits (MMA fights are shorter than boxing matches) allowed Mayweather to swoop in and score a technical knockout.

In the end, McGregor's performance embarrassed neither himself nor the sport of mixed martial arts. The same cannot be said about Saturday's controversial draw between Alvarez and Golovkin. Not only did the final outcome prove unsatisfying to fans Women's Nike Air Max 95 Light Pink UK Sale , bettors, and sportsbooks (boxing's holy trinity); judge Adelaide Byrd's confounding 118-110 scorecard in favor of Alvarez exposed one of boxing's long-held dirty little secrets: inept judging.

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A sport that launched the careers of convicted criminals Don King (manslaughter) and Mike Tyson (rape) doesn't get to claim the high moral ground very often. Saturday's showcase in Las Vegas proved that the action inside the ring is still just as shady as the action outside of it.

Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses dignitaries during a visit to the airport city in Manchester, Britain, Oct. 23, 2015. (XinhuaZhang Duo) Chinese President Xi Jinping (3rd L Men's Nike Air Max 95 Black UK Sale , back) addresses a welcome lunch held by the government of Manchester, in Manchester, Britain, Oct. 23, 2015. (XinhuaPang Xinglei) Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L, front), accompanied by British Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R Men's Nike Air Max 95 Triple Black UK Sale , front), visits an exhibition at the airport city in Manchester, Britain, Oct. 23, 2015. (XinhuaZhang Duo) Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) visits the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in Manchester, Britain, Oct. 23 Men's Nike Air Max 97 All White UK Sale , 2015. (XinhuaZhang Duo) Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L), accompanied by British Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R), visits the City Football Academy in Manchester, Britain, Oct. 23, 2015. (XinhuaRao Aimin) Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R, front) visits the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in Manchester Nike Air Max 97 OG Undefeated Sail White UK Sale , Britain, Oct. 23, 2015. (XinhuaPang Xinglei)

MANCHESTER, Britain, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping left Britain Friday, concluding his five-day state visit to the European nation, the first in a decade by a Chinese head of state.

Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan stayed at Buckingham Palace in London as the guests of Queen Elizabeth II Men's Nike Air Max 97 KPU TPU All Black UK Sale , who hosted a grand ceremonial welcome for the couple, gave a private lunch and a formal state banquet with the attendance of senior members of the royal family.

During the visit, the two countries lifted their ties to "a global comprehensive strategic partnership for the 21st century" and agreed that "this visit opens a golden era in China-UK relations featuring enduring, inclusive and win-win cooperation."

The trip also took Xi to the old industrial city of Manchester in northern England.

The president visited the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, before he joined British Prime Minister David Cameron at Manchester City's football academy.

Hailing Britain as a football power and the headstream of modern football, Xi said China should learn from Britain in many aspects.

"Sports exchange is an important part of people-to-people exchanges. I hope the two sides could strengthen their cooperation in sports, including football Nike Men's Air Max TN Triple Black UK Sale , to improve people's health and China-Britain friendship," said the president.

While addressing a welcome lunch held by the government of Manchester, Xi said he hoped the city where the Industrial Revolution began could take a leading role in promoting China-Britain cooperation.

For his part, Cameron reaffirmed Britain's resolve to become China's best friend in the West.

Xi also visited Manchester's airport city and announced plans for direct flights between Manchester and Beijing.

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