Pacquiao on Golovkin-Alvarez: ‘Did they bring these judges over from Australia?’
MANILA, Philippines— The draw verdict in the Gennady Golovkin vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez middleweight championship fight was met with universal derision made for hot debate on social media after the fight’s conclusion on Saturday, September 16 (Sunday Manila time).
One judge had it 115-113 for Golovkin, while another scored a 114-114 draw in the main event that took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Netizens, however, particularly pondered on judge Adalaide Byrd's 118-110 card for Alvarez.
Manny Pacquiao, who had been talking up the fight for months, took a shot at the judges who scored it a draw and for Alvarez, tweeting out “Did they bring these judges over from Australia?” in a reference to the controversial judging that gave Jeff Horn a unanimous decision win over him in July.
Did they bring these judges over from Australia? #CaneloGGG— Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) September 17, 2017
Here are some of the social media reactions following the announcement of the match result:
But boxing man.......the SPORT itself needs to part ways with Adalaide Byrd. Fight of the Year devalued by Agenda. #CaneloGolovkin— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 17, 2017
Adalaide Byrd should never look at a pair of boxing gloves again— Michael Carter-Willi (@MCW1) September 17, 2017
yo i can't watch boxing no more.. he landed 60 more punches— Michael Carter-Willi (@MCW1) September 17, 2017
I mean I get the whole "scoring is subjective" thing & I agree it can be & rounds are close etc but 118-110 Canelo is just blatant cheating!— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) September 17, 2017
Nah that was politics man. Unfortunately when a fighter generates the money Canelo does lots of people get rich so cash cow gets protected. https://t.co/moc7oOZhLv— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) September 17, 2017
Hey folks there is 1 way to truly win a boxing match kO! No crying over decisions please. Goes 12,a beauty contest.— George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) September 17, 2017