The mystery has been solved. You can call off Robert Stack, this isn't headed to cold case status.
“The log in the ocean” was the construct set up for Timothy Bradley by trainer Teddy Atlas, in their second and maybe final outing together. Atlas and Bradley were asked about this analogy hatched by Atlas.
We will tell you after the fight, both men told inquisitive media.
So, postfight, after Bradley got handled by a still A grade Pacman, at 37 years old still the possessor of superior hands and feet, the Cali boxer clued us in. “I was basically supposed to drag him in, drag him in, and push him back. Drag him in and push him back, log in the ocean. Anything that goes in the ocean, is controlled by the ocean. He was the ocean tonight, I wasn't. I was the log,” he said in a media scrum, on a video posted to FightHype.com.
There you have it. The analogy worked, with Manny being the inexorable force, his power immense and with a breadth to it. The log at the mercy of the oceanic push and pull, and was merely a bystander. Bradley pictured himself being the boss, but no, it is clear, styles make fights and Pacman's style reduces him to log status, almost every round they clash.