The Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight on Saturday caused a huge blow in the sports of boxing after Manny Pacquiao who seemed to be in the lead most of the time loses his title to Timothy Bradley who injured both feet during the boxing match.
The split-decision verdict that went against Filipino boxing hero Pacquiao caused a huge uproar among boxing fans and critics, all believe that Pacquiao really won.
Judge Duane Ford, 74, one of the judges who was in favor of Bradley, said that Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson and that the fight is not like American Idol.
“I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson. I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly.”
“If this were ‘American Idol’, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won,” Ford said. “But it was not. I gave an honest opinion. I had Pacquiao up 4-2, I think, at the end of six rounds. I thought he hurt Bradley a couple of times early in the fight. But when the bell rang to end that round, it was over and what happens in one round doesn’t carry over to the next round. They’re separate units…Remember, it’s a boxing match and Bradley demonstrated his ability to box expertly.”
Several fans including Pacmom Dionisia Pacquiao, who previously plead his son to retire from boxing, are calling for a rematch but promoter Bob Arum, who is under much scrutiny for allegedly rigging the outcome, said that wouldn’t happen until a full investigation was conducted. In fact, Arum has formally filed a request with the Nevada State Attorney General (AG) to investigate the controversial boxing match.
“I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion. The whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy,” Arum said.
The overconfident Bradley even challenged Pacquiao to a rematch before Saturday’s fight took place.
Following his win Bradley said to reporters, “I thought I won. I didn’t think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn’t feel his power.”
But promoter Bob Arum claimed that Bradley said he couldn’t beat Pacquiao. “Can you believe that? Unbelievable. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, ‘I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy.”