Boxing is done. That was highway robbery right there. What a shame!
Those judges were full of sh!t, everybody, (uncluding Bradley) knows Pacquiao won that fight, not that I care one way or the other who won, right is right and wrong is wrong
Timothy Bradley Jr. earns stunning, controversial split-decision win over Manny Pacquiao - Yahoo! Sports
LAS VEGAS – Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao put on an outstanding show, but it was the judges who will be the big story for the next week or so.
Pacquiao landed 94 more punches than Bradley according to CompuBox, but it was not enough as the judges stunningly awarded a split-decision win to Bradley, who lifted the World Boxing Organization welterweight title from Pacquiao with the victory.
"I thought I won the fight," said Bradley, who said he hurt his ankle in the second round. "I didn't think he was as good as everybody says he is. I didn't feel a lot of his power." Timothy Bradley celebrates his controversial win over Manny Pacquiao. (Getty Images)
It was an excellent back-and-forth bout, but Pacquiao seemed to control it by landing more, landing at a higher percentage and landing the harder punches.
Judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford had it for Bradley, 115-113. Jerry Roth had it for Pacquiao, 115-113. Bradley won the final round on all three cards which pulled out the bout for him.
Pacquiao was shocked by the verdict.
"I do my best and I guess my best wasn't good enough," Pacquiao said. "I've been watching the tapes of his fights. Tonight, he never hurt me. Most of his punches hit my arms. I don't know what happened [with the scoring]. I have no problem. I'll be ready for the rematch. No doubt [I won the fight.]"
It was a stunning end to a more than seven-year winning streak for Pacquiao, who entered the bout ranked No. 2 in the Yahoo! Sports world rankings.
"Can you believe that?" promoter Bob Arum said. "I had it 10-2! After I got into the ring after the fight, I went over to Bradley and said 'You did very well.' He said, 'I tried hard, but I couldn't beat the guy.' This is crazy. You talk about killing boxing? All three scorecards you throw out."
[Related: Timothy Bradley attends post-fight press conference in wheelchair after win]
Dreams of a megafight against No. 1 Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have gone up in smoke with the pens of judges who saw a different fight than the fans in the building and most media at ringside.
Yahoo! Sports scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao, the same margin as Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press and Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Dan Rafael of ESPN had it 118-110 for Pacquiao. HBO's Harold Lederman had it 119-109, or 11 rounds to one, for Pacquiao.
"This is a death knell for boxing, and I'm going to make a ton of money on the rematch," Arum said.
Pacquiao landed 253 of 751 punches, a connect rate of 34 percent. Bradley landed 159 of 839, a connect rate of just 19 percent. On top of that, Pacquiao seemed to land the more powerful shots.
[Related: Yahoo! Sports crew reacts to stunning decision]
It was an action-paced battle fought at a furious pace for much of the event. Pacquiao showed little respect for Bradley's power and waded in with impunity, ripping straight left hands and hooks.
"He's a beast," Bradley said, while admitting Pacquiao hurt him several times with the left.
Bradley landed clean shots, but wasn't able to back Pacquiao up.
Pacquiao said he respected the decision, but felt he won the fight.
From the look on Bradley's face at the end of the bout, it appeared he felt the same way.
Boxing is done. That was highway robbery right there. What a shame!
I don't really feel bad for manny, Marquez was screwed TWICE against him so I guess karma finally made its way back to him.
Pacquiao got tuck ruled.
We need to look at the legitimacy of boxing and it's credibility. I personally think there has been a long history of corruption in that sport. I could honestly see this fight being rigged to set up some sort of rematch and generate money. That's the only logical explanation I could come up with for that disgraceful outcome.
I thought Pac man won the fight , I had him winning most rounds until the 7th or so , one thing to question is why did Manny stop fighting after the 7th round . He looked tired , If you look at the fight closely you will see Manny resting the first 2 minutes of each round after the 7th .The last 3 rounds of the fight is what lost him the fight .
What goes around comes around. He won a few fights that were very controversial and one would say should of lost. Hopefully Pac Man will leave Bob Arum now.
Even though I am happy with the outcome of last nights fight. (I bet on Bradley to win). This shows a seriously lack of competency in boxing. Right around round 8-9 I pretty much threw my hands in the air thinking, "Well there goes my cash!" and to my surprise like many of you who were watching I was stunned when the cards came in.
I would like to think that the judges were just stupid and made a bad call but the similarities in all the scores leads one to believe there is something less than accidental going on and that corruption has just reared its ugly head to the mass public.
I tried watching MMA, I really did. Maybe its just that Im a bit old fashioned or my love of the pageantry and history that is involved in boxing but I just cant find myself to forsake the sport in favor of MMA.
All the people that say boxing is a dead or dying sport, I just dont see it that way. Their PPV sales are still incredibly high and hype around fights are just as big as UFCs. That said it wont always be that way. Boxing needs to change! It maybe a pipe dream but they need to unify the different organization so that there is only 1 champion per weight class. They also have to make it so that the champion of a weight class MUST fight all challengers. Boxing also needs to help develop and maintain a fan base by introducing new followers to the lesser known but up and coming fighters. To me this means stop putting up worthless fights on ESPN's FNFs and maybe get a deal done with NBC or something to show non-title marquee fights. Of course PPV buys are high when the names Mayweather and Pacquiao are involved but both are at the tail ends of their careers, boxing needs to be ready and have their next golden goose. Sadly I think they are thinking the same thing I am but going about it in the wrong way by GIVING Bradley the win.
Boxing isn't or won't ever be what it once was. It's all about the money it's not about who is the best anymore it's corrupt and just garbage now. I honestly enjoy the amateur Olympic boxing more than pro boxing. It's about the competition and who's the best not about the pay day.
I to am more of MMA fan than boxing granted its also full of some corrupt show me the money garbage but I find it a lot more entertaining and competitive. The fights can end at a blink of an eye and I love the suission aspect as well
Last edited by RAIDERFAN520; 06-10-2012 at 11:02 AM.
I watched. I didn't even wait for the decision, that's how sure I was. A boring one-sided beef.
Only thing that makes this fight exciting is the decision - a total set-up to rip off the boxing fan.
The bookies must have made a killing!
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Lol.....I was rooting for Bradley and I felt ripped off by the decision.
I've been a boxing fan all my life, and this has always a the problem with the sport....Boxing could come back if it's managers and promoters had an eye for the long term future instead of quickly lining their pockets.....but these days it's the American way. I didn't see the fight, so for now I'll take peoples word for it...
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