MANILA, Philippines – Close to 24 hours after the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, more questions are being raised about Sunday’s (June 10) controversial split decision.
Top Rank head Bob Arum was quoted by Sports Illustrated as saying, “I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, ‘I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy.'”
ESPN’s Dan Rafael also quoted Arum as saying the same thing and adding, “”When I came into the ring [after the fight], I said to Tim, ‘You did very well,’ and he said, ‘I tried hard and I couldn’t beat the guy. You talk about killing boxing. Even [Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin] had it 8-4 for Pacquiao.”
Arum added, “Something like this is so outlandish; it’s a death knell for the sport. This is f—— nuts. I have both guys, and I’ll make a lot of money in the rematch, but it’s ridiculous. You have these old f—- who don’t know what the hell they’re looking at. It’s incompetence. Nobody who knows anything about boxing could have Bradley ahead in the fight.”
Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya, a 10-time world champion and former opponent of Pacquiao posted this on his twitter account:
Compubox, the boxing statisticians that cover all major bouts published its report of the Pacquiao Bradley match at midnight Philippine time. Aside from publishing the round-by-round results, they had this to say: “Really CJ Ross (115-113) and Duane Ford (115-113)? Manny outlanded Bradley 253-159 in total punches and had a 190-108 edge in power shots landed. Manny outlanded Bradley in 10 of 12 rounds.” Here are the stats the Compubox published:
Bob Canobbio, Co-Founder and President of Compubox Inc also posted the following on his Twitter account:
Sports columnist Qunito Henson of the Philippine Star, reported that Freddie Roach wants an investigation to be conducted if only to uphold the integrity of boxing. Pacquiao’s cutman Miguel Diaz cited a previous incident in Atlantic City last year where the decision was questioned.
The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board conducted an investigation and indefinitely suspended the 3 judges. Since no corruption was established, the decision was upheld.
Henson went on to say that “if an investigation is made on the Pacquiao loss and no corruption is established, Bradley’s win will be upheld but the judges could be suspended. Only if corruption is established could there be the possibility of nullifying Bradley’s win.”
Canadian poker player and sports analyst Haralabos Voulgaris noted that there was a late surge of bets on Bradley in his tweet.
Bill Simmons, a columnist of ESPN and Grantland.com picked up the Haralabos thread and suggested that it would be something to consider for their documentary series called 30/30.
Patrick Rishe of Forbes.com provided his own take on the decision in his piece titled, “Boxing’s Integrity Suffers Another Black Eye After Bradley-Pacquiao Split Decision.” Rishe said, “Judging from experts and social media feedback, the official scoring was inconsistent with others’ perspectives:
- Yahoo! Sports scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao
- Tim Dahlberg of the AP scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao
- Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao
- Dan Rafael of ESPN scored the fight 118-110 for Pacquiao
- HBO’s Harold Lederman scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao
Rishe added, “Unfortunately, it’s these sorts of results that make skeptics of us all. Make us wonder if someone within the sport thought they could drum up greater interest in a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch if Pacquiao lost the first bout. Seems far-fetched, but in light of the circumstances I wouldn’t blame anyone that draws this conclusion.”
Yahoo Sports Columnist Dan Wetzel added a humorous twist to the discussion by saying:
And the final word comes from late night host Jimmy Kimmel whose show is now a regular stop for Manny Pacquiao.
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