At ringside, Promoter Bob Arum grabbed his nose and shouted, "It stinks! It stinks!"
Finally, the score of referee Jay Edson of Naples, Fla., was announced. He had it 147-143 Benitez.
"I wonder what fight Zack was watching?" Gibbs said.
"All those little tap-tap-tap jabs don't mean anything," Clayton said, trying to explain his scoring system. "I don't count them as much. The crowd sees them and goes crazy. But those big body punches that hurt you really count. Those the crowd don't see. I count them, and everybody knows Palomino hit harder than Benitez."
But only at a rate of one to 100, it seemed.
And there was Griffith in the ring, carrying the WBC title belt, and crying.
"Oh, I'm more happy than the fighter," he sobbed. "He makes me very happy. He trained so hard and all the terrible crazy things he had to go through. I can't talk."
Then Griffith left. Probably to tell Benitez he needs to bend the knee more.