Last night was mad real. The WBO welterweight title fight was definitely one for the books. In a split-decision fight, the undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley beat eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao after 12 rounds at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
All across the world, however, there was a collective "What?!" when Bradley was announced as the winner. Bradley earned a 115-113 score from two judges, while the third judge scored it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao.
But throughout the fight, an unofficial score card had Pacquiao beating Bradley by a wide margin, hence the confusion. Not only did Pacquiao land more hard blows, he also took Bradley off his rocker more than once. It never felt like Pacquiao was losing.
The crowd proceeded to boo Bradley--who successfully delivered Pacquiao his first loss in 16 fights--vehemently contesting the results.
And more important, a lot of people betting on the fight lost, too.
Yet, the outcome has set the stage for a rematch and also re-sparked talk of a Pacquiao fight with Floyd Mayweather before Pacquiao retires.
During the post-fight wrap-up, Bradley acknowledged the crowd's disapproval and stated that he'd have to watch the tape back to see if he really won the fight. Umm, dude you don't know?
"100 percent I believe that I won the fight," said Pacquiao during the post-fight conference. "The decision has already been done. So you have to give credit to [Bradley]."
Pacquiao also said bring on the rematch.
Was it fixed?