Fans think Pacquiao-Bradley fight rigged for business’ sake, a rematch

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Fans cry ‘luto’ (rigged) after Manny Pacquiao loses to Timothy Bradley. AP

MANILA, Philippines — Most residents of Barangay San Antonio in Pasig City, who saw the fight of boxer Manny Pacquiao with American Timothy Bradley on Sunday noon, were surprised and disappointed after it was announced that the Filipino champion was defeated.

“Luto (Rigged),” was the most common word that residents blurted out as they walked out of the barangay (village) hall with the look of disappointment in their faces. The word “luto” in Filipino parlance means that the result of the fight was rigged and was even pre-arranged.

“Pacman never loses. It’s obvious; he hurt the American really bad,” Rosemarie Labandero, a barangay health worker, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. But nonetheless, she said she would be happy to see a rematch of Bradley and Pacquiao.

In San Antonio’s barangay hall, around 200 residents, some with children in tow, came early Sunday morning to watch the free screening of the bout, which was normally shown in cinemas at prices ranging from P500 to P700.

Those who did not bring their own monobloc chairs sat on the floor while some stood.

“Even the kids here could not believe the other guy won,” Rodger Gonzaga, a retired government employee, said in jest.

Gonzaga believed that Pacquiao’s loss, which was the first in the last seven years, was arranged mainly for business’ sake.

“By the looks of it, business and profit are still behind boxing. Apart from Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao has no one to fight with. Losing against Bradley meant good business for them,” Gonzaga said, sharing his wild theory.

The first few rounds of the fight amused the San Antonio fans. The crowd roared in laughter and applause whenever Pacquiao showed uppercut and a series of combination.

Edgar Isip, a 55-year-old resident said what made it more amusing was Bradley’s competitive response to the Filipino boxer’s moves.

“But if Manny was more serious in winning, he would have finished Bradley with a KO,” he said.

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  • apojay

    One warlord did not go ballistic when Pacquiao “lost”.?

     Hard to believe this was not rigged under cover of Bible verses.

  • archangel uriel

    if i were manny pacquiao….. no investigation no rematch ……alam naman ng lahat na si manny ang nanalo ……  dapat lang na ayusin ang mga pandaraya ng mga mokong na yan ……malay ba natin kung kagagawan ito ni arum ……… God used manny as his instrument  to divulge such anomaly ( tulad ng kay corona (anomalies in the judiciary)…….thru pnoy..)

  • Thea88

    The decision was rigged. Think of the amount of money lost in the betting business–Pacquio bettors were cheated too. Someone standing to loose big money may have been behind this. The decision deserves serious investigation for fraud.  I think Manny should question the decision not just for himself but for people who believed in the sports’ authenticity.  I have lost respect for the sport.

  • antichinaprous

    alam talaga ng mga tao (fans, celebs, anaylysts, sportwriters, former fighters) na rigged yung laban. parang nanood lang ako ng WWE. now i know why boxing is in decline and fans are moving to UFC/MMA.

  • staad

    hwag nyo na asahan ang Pacquiao-Mayweather, alam nyo na ang resulta ngayon pa lang.

  • Joseph Monteroso

    pag.talo ang daming reklamo…..pag.panalo walng reklamo…..malinaw na talo siya kay marquez pero luto ang away na yun……….malaki na ang ulo ni manny….nag.warm na si bradley,si pac nanood pa ng NBA…..akala niya nasa pista lang sinalihan niya  

    • levis2012

      Panoorin mo ang replay ng Pacquaio – Marquez. si pacquiao ang TAMANG panalo sa laban na yun… Pero panoorin mo ang laban ng Pacquaio – Bradley… Ito ang tunay na KALOKOHAN! nabayaran ang mga judges ng TOP RANK para ipapanalo si Bradley, para magkaroon ng REMATCH para paglolokohin at gatasan na naman ang mga tao… Mas inuuna pa ni Pacquiao ang PERA at pagiging mukhang pera kaysa sa Pag Knock Out kay Bradley na KAYANG-KAYA naman niyang gawin sa laban… Kasi gustong-gusto rin ni Pacquaio ang mag REMATCH… All in the name of MONEY.

      • antonioluna

        ano ba inaasahan  mo kay pakyaw kaya nga pakyaw eh kung kayang pakywain ang lahat ng pera at hindi ko naman din masisisi si manny dahil bakit ba sya nagpursige sa boksing?hindi ba para mabago ang takbo ng buhay nya, ngayon hindi na sya mahirap, tanga lang ang naniniwalang sa sinasabi ni pakyaw na para sa bayan daw ang mga laban nya dahil para sa sarili nya iyon para sa pamilya nya, hindi ito olympic para sabihing ito ay para sa bayan ito ay para sa pera

      • miguelito santos

        Pac did his job. He showed us a good performance. Bradley fought but not good enough (???). He even admitted to Arum before the announcement that he couldn’t beat Pac. Baka wala ng rematch. Palalabasing pilay na si Bradley at isosoli na lang kay Pac ang championship. Bradley is richer by $5M. Guaranteed yan. Bago ang laban ito ang nasabi nya:

        “I’m putting that money away, man,” Bradley noted with all seriousness. “I aint buying nothing. I got everything I need. I’m not buying anything. Me and my wife, we’re going to put that money away so I don’t ever have to come back to this game. Once I leave it, I aint never got to come back ever again.” 

  • Fernando


    • levis2012

       Ipokrito na si Pacquaio….

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