Undefeated Timothy Bradley handed Manny Pacquiao his first loss in over seven years, defeating the Filipino congressman via split decision on June 9.
It was arguably one of the biggest robberies of our time, considering the fact that Pacquiao dominated the fight, winning the bout eight rounds to four on my scorecard.
With the win, Bradley becomes the new WBO welterweight champion, while bringing talks about a Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight to an end.
“It feels great, but I’m not satisfied,” Bradley told Max Kellerman after the fight. “You can hear the boos in the crowd. Everybody in the crowd thinks I lost the fight. I know it’s predominantly Pacquiao fans, but you know what, let’s do it again. … I was in here. I thought it was a close fight. Let me go back and watch the tape and see if I won the fight.”
Bradley got off to a good start against Pacquiao, moving pretty well and landing crisp counters. Pacquiao started turning things around in the third round, displaying his superior punching power. Pacquiao dominated the fight from that point on, but he did relax a bit in the last two rounds. Still, it’s pretty hard to imagine how anyone could score the fight in favor of Bradley.
At the end of the day, I guess you can call it: karma. Manny Pacquiao did earn a controversial decision against Juan Manuel Marquez in his previous outing (I scored the fight in favor of the Mexican), so it’s a little ironic that he’s now getting the short end of the stick.
Pacquiao insisted that he won the fight during his post-fight interview with Kellerman, but he handled the situation with a lot of class.
“No problem,” Pacquiao replied when asked for his thoughts about a rematch. “Let’s give credit to Bradley. He did well tonight, I respect him, and that’s the decision. I respect the officials. … It’s part of the game, I give thanks to the lord.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.