The uproar caused by Saturday night’s controversial decision in Manny Pacquiao’s match up against Timothy Bradley is not over yet.
Boxing advocates are demanding that a full investigation be put into swing against the split decision that awarded Bradley as the victor. The footage from all 12 rounds clearly shows Manny emerging victorious in almost every 3 minute round. The judges have been willing to come forth and acknowledge that they understand why fans are upset, given Pacquiao’s popularity, but they are sticking by their decision.
“If this were ‘American Idol’, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won,” said Duane Ford, one if the judges. “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.”
Even the promoter responsible for the fight, Bob Arum, has come under fire for allegedly rigging the fight. However, he is now also pushing for an investigation into the match, despite his request for a rematch shortly after the decision was announced.
“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.”
Pacquaio is also sticking by his guns and continues to contest that he feels Bradley lost the fight.