All Photos by Chris Farina
Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), who has never headlined a pay-per-view card and had to be on a wheel chair after the fight because he injured both ankles since the second round, did something Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya and many other high profile boxers couldn’t do… he won a split decision over today’s pound for pound king, Manny Pacquiao (54-2-2, 38 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao landed 505 punches with 73% while Bradley, 318, 47% according to CompuBox. On top of that, Pacquiao seemed to land the more powerful shots but that was not enough for the champ to beat the underdog… go figure.
“I did my best,” Pacquiao said after the fight. “I guess my best wasn’t good enough. He never hurt me with his punches; most of them landed on my arms.”
Bradley seemed to be hurt in the fourth and fifth rounds and Pacquiao was in command from the opening bell but not on the judge’s scorecards.
Judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford had it for Bradley, 115-113. Jerry Roth had it for Pacquiao, 115-113.
I have been following boxing for years now and I have seen bad calls but this is probably the worse I have ever seen.
Leading up to the fight I kept asking myself why Bradley kept talking about a rematch like he knew he was going to win. Bradley was so confident that he had oversized tickets printed up for a Nov. 10 rematch that now will most likely happen.
I hate to say this…but I think the fight was fixed. I don’t think Pacquiao had any knowledge but his promoter, Bob Arum and the judges, we’re probably in it.
During the post fight Bob Arum played the role of being upset but you know he was happy.
“I’m going to make a lot of money on the rematch but this was outrageous,” stated Bob Arum.
Some people might say it was karma for Juan Manuel Marquez controversial decisions but you can’t compare those competitive fights with this. At the end it’s the boxing fans that lose.