Was it fixed? Was it the 2 blind mice? Were the judges bought off by a bettor who bet big on Bradley? Whatever it was, is was a total disgrace by Nevada judges and the Nevada Athletic Commission. Now, I didn't see it, but judging from the ESPN people and the local Las Vegas TV news media, they are saying this is one of the biggest disgraces in boxing history and that says a lot. The Channel 13 people even said this could be the end of Las Vegas boxing as we know it. No one, except the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission, seems to agree with the decision. From the LVRJ: In a shocking upset, Timothy Bradley won a 12-round split decision over WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao to take Pacquiao's title and hand Pacquiao his first loss since 2005 when Pacquiao was defeated by Erik Morales. Judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross both had Bradley winning 115-113 while Jerry Roth had Pacquiao ahead 115-113. Bradley, a plus 350 underdog at fight time, appeared to be dominated by Pacquiao through most of the fight but he fought back and was able to convince the judges that he had done enough to earn the victory. http://www.lvrj.com/sports/bradley-ready-for-fight-of-the-lifetime-against-pacquiao-158313915.html
Apparently, the writer of the article was apparently blind as well.
From the Las Vegas Sun Each fight typically has a defining moment, where the winner dominates
the action, records a knockout or lands several punches. You'd be hard
pressed to find one of those moments for Bradley, with most people
scoring the fight heavily in favor of Pacquiao. Bradley was the
aggressor in the first round and showed confidence on boxing's big
stage for the first time — he appeared to win the first and eighth
From ESPN Stunning, simply stunning.
Manny Pacquiao looked rejuvenated
after a controversial split decision loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in
November, but in what will surely go down as one of the most
controversial decisions in boxing history -- one of the worst, really
-- Timothy Bradley Jr. was awarded a split-decision win to claim a
welterweight title on Saturday night before 14,206 at the MGM Grand
This time, the judges got him. And they got him good.
Maybe it was a makeup call for the Marquez fight?
Whatever it was, it was a shocking result after Pacquiao had spent
virtually all of the fight beating Bradley to the punch, strafing him
with power shots from both hands and visibly rocking him on multiple
Frankly, Pacquiao looked dominant, and those who thought he had lost a step after the performance against Marquez were wrong.
who thought his new devotion to his Catholic faith since that
controversial win might lead him to be more focused on the Bible than
the Bradley fight were also mistaken.
And those who thought
Pacquiao's coming in at a career-heavy 147 pounds was a sign that he
wasn't in top shape were also mistaken.
But Bradley still got the decision.
Pacquiao, of course, thought he won.
"No doubt," he said.
Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, but C.J. Ross and Duane Ford
both scored it 115-113 for Bradley, a junior welterweight titlist who
moved up to challenge Pacquiao in his fourth title defense.
had it 119-109 for Pacquiao. HBO's unofficial judge, Harold Lederman,
also had it 119-109 for Pacquiao, meaning he gave Bradley only one
round. Most ringside media also scored it clearly for Pacquiao.
So, if the experts and local news media are calling this decision a travesty, then i am sure it was. Maybe the promoter is looking forward to the next two fights with the two fighters. Or maybe Nevada has just 2 stupid judges and they happen to have been the judges at this fight.
What a disgraceful turn of events for the State of Nevada.
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