Saturday night’s Vegas fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley caused such a huge uproar that the effects are still being felt today on the other side of the country. And it’s not over yet.
After a long and painful bout–during which Pacquiao seemed to be in the lead most of the time and Bradley injured both feet–judges declared underdog Bradley the winner, much to the dismay of, well, everyone. And while judges say they can see why Pacquiao supporters would be upset about the decision, they are also sure they made the right choice.
Judge Duane Ford said the split decision was likely so controversial because of Pacquiao’s popularity, but that fans need to look outside of their expectations to get a true reading of the fight.
“If this were ‘American Idol’, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won,” Ford said. “But it was not. I gave an honest opinion. I had Pacquiao up 4-2, I think, at the end of six rounds. I thought he hurt Bradley a couple of times early in the fight. But when the bell rang to end that round, it was over and what happens in one round doesn’t carry over to the next round. They’re separate units…Remember, it’s a boxing match and Bradley demonstrated his ability to box expertly.”
Promoter Bob Arum–who has come under fire since the bout for allegedly rigging the outcome–doesn’t agree, however, and is pushing for an investigation into the match to clear his name of any wrongdoing. Arum’s company promotes both fighters.
“I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion,” said Arum. “But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.”
Bradley famously challenged Pacquiao to a rematch before Saturday’s fight even took place, but it won’t happen until an investigation is done.