bill-swift - June 11, 2012
Since the controversial split decision was handed down by the judges Saturday night in Las Vegas the boxing world has been in an uproar. No one seemed to think that Timothy Bradley deserved to win that fight except for the two judges that say he did.
What made the whole scene appear to be even more suspect is how talk immediately seemed to start for the rematch; Timothy Bradley even referred to a date (November 10). Any fight involving a fighter like Manny Pacquiao does well, but one in which he is seeking revenge for his first loss in seven years?
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In order to deflect a lot of the criticism and accusation that were flying his way, promoter Bob Arum (who has both fighters in his stable) has stated that a rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao is on hold for now. He wants a full and independent investigation into the scoring of Saturday's fight first.
It will be interesting to see if one will happen and if it does what will come from it. Should foul play be involved here it will severely damage a sport that is already lagging in popularity. If it turns out that everything was on the up and up people will still be turned off since it appeared that Pacquiao dominated the fight.
Duane Ford has been brave enough to speak about the scoring and has not backed down from his view of the fight. He contends that the vast majority of people likely do not understand how to score a fight properly.
At the post-fight press conference Manny looked ready to go to Sunday mass. Bradley on the other hand was wheel-chair bound due to injuries to both feet. While this does make a Bradley victory look more suspect, it also raises questions as to what Manny could have or should have done.
With torn tendons in his ankle and a possible fracture it is amazing that Bradley was able to stand at all let alone get any power behind his punches. It's also amazing that Manny was not able to take advantage of this and knock Bradley out.
The only thing we know at this point is that someone will end up fighting someone towards the end of the year. Had he won, Pacquiao would have been looking to face off against Juan Manuel Marquez whom many believe beat Pacquiao the last time those two fought in November 2011.
Before that can happen, the Pac-Man has to take care of some unfinished business with Mr. Bradley.
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