Bradley “Beats” Pacquiao, Boxing Is The Real Loser Saturday Night
Manny Pacquiao appeared to conquer Timothy Bradley for the majority of their 12 round boxing match for the WBO welterweight title. However, in one of the most outrageous decisions in boxing history, two of the three judges sitting ringside scored the match in favor of Bradley, thus making him the new WBO welterweight champion.
No disrespect to Bradley, but he didn't win the fight. In the end, what the majority of the world knows doesn't matter, the history books will have Bradley defeating Pacquiao in a controversial split decision.
According to the CompuBox statistics, Pacquiao landed 253 of 751 punches (34%), while Bradley landed 159 of 839 (19%). Pacquiao landed 82 more power shots (190-108), and landed more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.
Judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford each scored it 115-113 for Bradley. Jerry Roth awarded the fight to Pacquiao 115-113. Ross and Ford should never be allowed to score a boxing match again.
The stunned crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas began raining boos toward the ring as soon as the decision was announced.
Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum has already stated that the two boxers will have a rematch on November 10th. Arum had already reserved that date for Pacquiao's next fight, and since Bradley "won" Saturday night's match, the two both said they'll be ready for a rematch. For someone who has been around boxing his entire life, Arum didn't sugarcoat how he felt after Saturday's controversial decision.
"When I came into the ring (after the fight), I said to Tim (Bradley), 'You did very well,' and he said 'I tried hard and I couldn't beat the guy. You talk about killing boxing. Even (Bradley's) manager had it 8-4 for Pacquiao," explained the 81 year old Arum. "We'll make a lot of money on the rematch, but this is (expletive) nuts. People don't even know what they're watching. They're trying to kill boxing."
Unfortunately, the biggest loser Saturday night wasn't Bradley, Pacquiao, Arum, or any other individual. The biggest loser Saturday night was the sport of boxing.