From the Philippines.Com: A major betting company in Ireland refused to heed the result of Manny Pacquaio’s fight against Timothy Bradley.
A day after Pacquiao yielded his WBO welterweight title to Bradley via a controversial split decision, Sports Illustrated reported that Irish betting firm Paddy Power has refunded those who put their money on a Pacquiao victory.
Paddy Power, Ireland’s largest telephone betting service, branded the refunds as “Justice Payouts.”
“It was a result that stunned the world, even by modern professional
boxing standards. Last night in Las Vegas the brilliant Filipino Manny
Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight belt to Timothy Bradley in a
controversial split-decision defeat,” the company said in a statement
posted in its official blogsite.
“With that Paddy Power has rolled out one of our famous Justice
Payouts. If you had placed a bet on Manny to win in a pre-fight
outright or on points, that money is now back in your account. We Hear
You!” the statement added.
Pacquiao lost in the scorecards of judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford,
who awarded the fight to Bradley 115-113. The third judge, Jerry Roth,
had the Filipino winning 115-113.
The result triggered an uproar in the boxing community, as Pacquiao
was pummeling Bradley all night and appeared to have done more than
enough to keep his title.
Meanwhile the folks in the Philippines are not very happy: The defeat of Manny Pacquiao to Timothy Bradley sent shock waves
across a nation not used to hearing its boxing icon lose a bout since
his loss to Eric “El Terrible” Morales in a unanimous decision on March
Emotional in every Pacquiao victory, local fans hurriedly left
public viewing centers nationwide, indignant at the controversial split
decision handed down by the three judges, which caused their local hero
to lose his World Boxing Organization Welterweight belt after three
successful defense. Only one of the judges decided in favor of Pacquiao.
In General Santos City, Pacquiao’s mother Dionisia fainted and fell
on her sofa after hearing Bradley declared as winner of the bout,
ending the Filipino boxing icon’s remarkable seven-year domination....
In Gagalangin, Tondo, where a large screen was set up for free
viewing at the Patricia Sports Complex, some tricycle drivers refused
to go back to their work and opted to spend the rest of the day
dissecting the bout over their favorite drinking mix. Their verdict:
the fight was rigged.
A man who heckled Pacquiao fans along Road 10 in Port Area was
almost lynched by irate residents if not for the timely arrival of a
man who introduced himself as a policeman.
At the Luneta Park, where a free live viewing was set up by the
National Parks Development Committee in cooperation with network giant
Smart, people booed and jeered as the decision was announced, then
scattered in different directions even before ring announcer Michael
Buffer could raise Bradley’s hand.
An elderly man experienced shortness of breath and was feared to
have suffered a heart attack shortly after the announcement. He
recovered a few minutes later, but not before saying that the game was
rigged and that “Manny was a victim of Las Vegas Mafia.”
Las Vegas via the incompetent judges, have given us a black eye and when their is another big fight here, people may not come because they will feel the fix is in.