Boxing writers slam ‘great robbery’


INJURED CHAMP Newly crowned WBO welterweight champion Bradley leaves a news conference in a wheelchair after injuring his left foot during his fight against Pacquiao. It was the Filipino’s first defeat since 2005. AFP

Everyone at ringside had the fight for Manny Pacquiao—everyone except two of the three judges who ruled otherwise.

And that was how the Filipino champion lost his WBO welterweight title to American Timothy Bradley in a controversial split decision that a British sportswriter, Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph, described as “one of boxing’s great robberies.”

In his postfight analysis at SB Nation, Brent Brookhouse said he had watched a lot of boxing in his life and had seen “his fair share of robberies.”

“But Timothy Bradley getting the nod over Manny Pacquiao in a fight that Pacquiao appeared to very clearly win makes no sense in the typical line of boxing thinking,” Brookhouse said in his blog.

Dan Rafael wrote in that few seemed to agree with the two judges—C. J. Ross and Duane Ford—who both scored it 115-113 for Bradley. The third judge, Jerry Roth, had Pacquiao winning by the same score.

“A black eye for the entire sport,” Ramses Alvarez, a correspondent of Team Stream, wrote on “How could judges give rounds to Bradley where he was outpunched and outworked? How can so many people see a fight one way and have those who ultimately matter see it completely the opposite.”

Bob Velin of USA Today reported that in an informal survey of boxing writers, all had Pacquiao “comfortably ahead.”

In its round by round analysis, The Los Angeles Times scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao, giving Bradley only three of the 12 rounds.

Davies of The Telegraph, Graham Parker of Britain’s The Guardian, and Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook also arrived at the same score in favor of Pacquiao.

ESPN unanimous

ESPN’s panel of boxing experts were unanimous in awarding the fight to Pacquiao. Rafael had it 119-109, Kieran Mulvaney, 117-111, and Brett Okamoto, 116-112, in favor of the Filipino.

Gordon Marino of The Daily Fix, a sports blog for The Wall Street Journal, scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao.

So did Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. “I’m a little stunned … I don’t think Bradley landed enough shots to win. Manny gobbled up a lot of his punches,” he said in his blog.

“This was a bad decision. Pacquiao won the fight on my card, HBO’s card and virtually everyone else’s card. Despite Pacquiao outlanding Bradley (253-159) and outperforming him in 10 of 12 rounds, a pair of judges handed Bradley the WBO welterweight title. It was a bizarre and unpopular decision, one that (again) makes you wonder about the competence of the judges in boxing. Bradley didn’t embarrass himself, but he didn’t win the fight, either,” he added.

HBO’s resident judge, Harold Lederman, scored it 119-109 for Pacquiao.

Bob Arum, the fight’s promoter, said he gave 10 rounds to Pacquiao and only two to Bradley.

Bradley’s camp

According to Arum, Bradley’s own manager, Cameron Dunkin, told him that Pacquiao must have won at least eight rounds.

Even Bradley himself seemed “unconvinced” he won the fight, ESPN’s Rafael wrote in his blog.

USA Today’s Velin reported that the newly crowned WBO welterweight champion showed up at the postfight press conference in a wheelchair after breaking an ankle—and perhaps also the other—during the fight.

“Which makes what happened on his title fight against Manny Pacquiao even more unbelievable,” Velin wrote.

“Timothy Bradley was outboxed and outpowered by Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, yet was somehow awarded a split decision that again shocked the boxing world,” The Guardian’s Parker wrote.

“It was a verdict that disgusted many of the assembled experts at ringside and virtually all of the heavily pro-Pacquiao crowd. As the scorecards were read, the boos started … and didn’t let up through the postfight interviews with a visibly sheepish Bradley.”

Other surveys

In an informal survey by ESPN, 87 percent of the respondents said Pacquiao won the fight and only 13 percent said Bradley did.

Davies of The Telegraph said there was a huge negative reaction to the split decision on Twitter.

Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis tweeted: “Unbelievable! #PacBradley This is another stain on boxing. Even worse than my draw with Holyfield! #Disgraceful.”

Amir Khan, Pacquiao’s stablemate who had been refused fights by Bradley, tweeted: What a robbery. Bradley did not win this fight. The crowd are booing … What a joke. We had Manny winning by 5 rounds.”

“Was Timothy Bradley’s split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao fair? Australia’s Daily Telegraph asked in an informal poll. Seventy-five percent of the respondents said no, and only 13 percent said yes.

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  • Don Ryder

    let’s boycott Bob Arum’s fights. these American judges are fooling us.  I spent good money for pay-per-view and i was robbed!  What a sham

  • Don Ryder

    marquez lost the first two fights to pacquiao.  i have the CDs and saw marquez on his back with both feet in the air.  on the third fight, however, it was a draw.

  • Boying

    Where were these experts when PACMAN robbed Marquez blind. Thrice!!! STOP spewing hogwash please!! Pacquiao is a loser and a goner now so shut up!!!

    • archangel uriel

      hoy bulag……. nang inimbestiga ang replay sa fights ni pacquiao and marquez ….. si pacquiao talaga ang nananalo …… ano ba yan …..

  • John Sulayman

    Look at the picture above. How does the champion leave in a wheelchair and the loser have barely any injuries sans his calves?

    • archangel uriel

      hahahaha  …… bradley is a joker …….  anyway …… si bradley naman ang napapahiya …. hindi nga nagcelebrate ang kababayan niya dahil alam nila na may daya ang pagkapanalo niya …….. ta nyo hanggang ngaun tahimik lang si  bradley …….

  • barada69

    Bradley should salvage his image and return the championship belt, in his heart and mind he didn’t win. Honesty and sportsmanship took another backseat . Boxing in general is the loser in this sorry affairs, there’s an obvious cheating involved that makes these 3 blind mice possibly the other millionaires as a result of that fight.

  • sprint_netms

    This is what America is… money… money… money… They suspended Mayweather’s prison term so that he can fight Coto because of the money… Mayweather is afraid and will never fight Manny, so America will not earn money… If Manny won that fight, Arum could no longer find any credible and box office hit boxer to fight Manny, so he is worried that her will not earn too much money… A Bradly-Manny rematch will make Arum and Las Vegas to bilk more money…

  • FlorencioC

    Now Pacquiao knows how how Marquez felt.

    • archangel uriel

      closed fight un kina pacquiao and marquez….. kala lang ng iba si marquez ang nanalo ….. nung nireview ang replay …. pacquiao really won ……

  • brutsador

    Scripted lahat niloloko lang tayo ni Arum, tapos ang mga na nood puro  Jueteng Lord. Ang lalakas mag sugal sa MGM, meron pang mga kasama na bodygurad courtesy ng PNP at mga financier ng Resorts World na mga chinese. Dapat imbestigahan ng BIR ang mga ito.

  • paul

    pac aint washed up..he just used the game which is a shame….he didnt do justice- first to the game and second to the fans… he didnt respect the game..instead of finishng bradley..he just coasted ….that is a no-no!  He doesnt need a rematch coz he clearly won even when he was just going through the motion…i say retire now manny…you have lost the fire…pera na lang..wala na yung passion…wala na yung gutom…bangis….

    • archangel uriel

      para sakin tama lang ang fight ni manny ….. wala gaanung may nasasaktan ….. . walang bangis?…… k lang …..kailangan bang may mapilay/magka brain damage sa labanan ??….. ang kay manny …. gusto lang nyang makita na nag eenjoy ang lahat sa boxing fights nya …. approve ako sayo manny …GOD BLESS ….. God is still with you … kita nyo … ibang tao ang lumalaban para sa kanyang pagkatalo na hindi dapat ……. buti nga si bradley sa wheelchair lang nailagay ni manny …. eh kung nagka comatose….. kawawa naman ang pamilya nya ……. maybe this is a wakeup call to bradley na maghinay-hinay siya sa boxing ….

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