Who Really Won – and Lost – the Pacquiao-Bradley Boxing Bout?
International boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley relegated the entire Filipino nation to a state of shock. A few minutes or hours after the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, angry, bitter Pinoy rants exploded on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many other social networks and online forums. The Philippine media bannered almost a single story which states the ‘Philippines is in a state of shock or limbo over the Pambasang Kamao’s (national fist) tragic loss.
Also, a lot of boxing experts said Bradley just got lucky or Manny got ‘robbed’.
Gareth Davies, boxing correspondent of The Telegraph said: “A rematch is expected to take place between Pacquiao and Bradley on Nov 10. But many will be calling this one of boxing’s great robberies.”
Nowboxing.com also made the same ‘robbed’ comment, saying: “Bradley has no shame! Pacquiao showed class in defeat, he said he tried his best but his best wasn’t good enough, but felt he won before the scorecards were announced. Pacquiao showed more class than Juan Manuel Marquez who was in a very competitive close fights with Pacquiao, instead of being humble Marquez kept crying about being robbed when he knows Pacquiao gave him a tough fight and vice versa. This Bradley fight was different, it was a real robbery, a robbery so bad that the entire world saw it and now it caused a real black eye in boxing.”
Policymic.com made the following comment: “Boxing is a dying sport. Between the rise of MMA, the dearth of heavyweight talent, and the cumbersome business model that prevents fights such as Pacquiao-Mayweather from getting made, boxing has enough trouble already. To see one of its top two stars get robbed in such a manner won’t help improve the image of boxing as a corrupt sport fading into cultural obscurity. Manny Pacquiao didn’t lose last night. Boxing did.”
The Daily Mail also quoted Amir Khan as saying: “What a robbery. Bradley did not win this fight. The crowd are booing while he’s being interviewed.”
But who actually won and lost big time?As to the biggest winner, it must be Bob Arum. Consider the following:
- Bob Arum is the owner of Top Rank.
- Both Bradley and Pacquiao are managed by Top Rank.
- Pacquiao is planning of retiring soon. If the Pacman retires, Arum will have no more Big Buck Fights (could be…)
- This will build up Bradley to be Big in Boxing. If he loses to Pacquiao on that fight, this will tarnish his reputation of being undefeated – so – it is best if Pac loses because Pacman already have loses in his records.
- Pacman will probably will not retire and will definitely request for a rematch with Bradley
Rematch = more income for Bob Arum!
If Bradley loses on that rematch fight, he will probably request for a 3rd match and that means – MORE MONEY FOR ARUM!
Judging from experts and social media feedback, the official scoring was inconsistent with others’ perspectives:
- Yahoo! Sports scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao;
- Tim Dahlberg of the AP scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao;
- Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao;
- Dan Rafael of ESPN scored the fight 118-110 for Pacquiao;
- HBO’s Harold Lederman scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao.
And who lost? It’s the boxing profession, folks….