LAS VEGAS — Most fans who witnessed the WBO welterweight title bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Saturday night, June 9, were in shock after it was announced that Bradley had won the fight via split decision.
A loud gasp escaped the crowd at the announcement, quickly replaced by loud booing and screaming. Bradley’s post-match interview wherein he told fans his win was well-deserved, was drowned by the angry crowd who felt there had been a robbery.
In contrast, cheers filled the arena when it was Pacquiao’s turn to answer questions and explain the fight. The eight-division world champion expressed shock at the result but said he respected the decision.
The mood was somber and quiet as fans walked out of the arena discussing the fight.
While majority disagreed with the decision, others expressed support for Bradley, saying he had done enough to win.
Those who felt that the decision was unfair said Pacquiao’s domination was evident, while those who agreed with the judges said the fight was close and that Bradley deserved the victory. – Rappler.com
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