Bradley gets a controversial split decision over Pacquiao!
I almost don’t know where to start…
I’ll start by saying, I don’t think anyone blames Timothy Bradley for anything that happened on Saturday night..
Before stepping into the ring at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, He said he would shock the world and pull off the upset… Turns out, he just upset the world.
So, If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last two days and haven’t heard, the fighter from Palms Springs Ca. did what just a few thought he could… He went the distance and was awarded a highly controversial split decision victory over the 5-1 favorite Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night at the MGM grand in Las Vegas.
While most had “Pac-Man” well ahead on the cards after 12 rounds, two of the three judges saw Bradley slightly ahead with scores of 115-113. The third judge also saw it 115-113 but in favor of Pacquiao.
The MGM Grand erupted with Boos when the decision was announced..
“I respect the decision, but 100% I believe that I won the fight” said Pacquiao “the fans know who won the fight. He hit me with a couple of jabs, but I don’t even remember him hitting me a solid punch. Amazing what the result is.”
“There’s three judges out there and that’s the way they judged it, so I mean, what do you want me to do?” said Bradley “That’s the way they judged it. My corner felt we were winning the fight. I was controlling the action. But like I said, there was three judges out there. Two of them felt I won the fight and that’s all I can say on that.”
“The decision was a ridiculous decision. You guys all know who won this fight.” said Promoter Bob Arum “So let’s be honest about the situation. Hopefully we’ll revisit it in November.I hope boxing recovers, because this isn’t arguing about a close decision. This is is something that’s an absurdity, that’s ridiculous, and everybody that’s involved in boxing should feel ashamed.”
The outrage continued throughout the weekend but two of the three judges are standing behind their scores.
Duane Ford told the LasVegas Review-Journal today that he stands by his 115-113 scorecard.
“I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson,” Ford told the paper. “I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly.”
Judge Jerry Roth scored it the same 115-113 but in favor of Manny Pacquiao.
“I’m looking for effective aggressiveness,” Roth said. “I thought Pacquiao won a lot of the early rounds, and I thought Bradley came on in the end. That’s why I gave Bradley the last three rounds. But I still thought Pacquiao had done enough to win.”
Compubox stats showed that Pacquiao connected 253 (34%) punches to Bradley’s 159 (19%).
Judge CJ Ross has not commented on her card of 115-113 for Bradley.