CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Team Pacquiao’s investigation is targeting the Pacquiao vs Bradley judging results. The Pacquiao investigation launched by Bob Arum Sunday wants to know what was at play in the judges’ split decision win for Timothy Bradley.
The Pacquiao vs Bradley results were shocking, not just for fans, news analysts, and Arum, but also reportedly for Bradley himself. After the fight was concluded, most fans thought the final cards would give a unanimous decision in the 12-round fight to Pacman. Additionally, unlike recent Pacman and Floyd Mayweather fights, most news analyst thought Pacman carried at least ten of the rounds.
But when the final cards revealed that two judges gave it to Bradley, fans were shocked. Allegedly even Bradley was surprised too. Arum claims that, before the decision, Bradley said Pacman won.
Arum told news “Can you believe that? Unbelievable. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, `I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy.’” Bradley has yet to confirm that statement.
Arum now wants a full investigation. In a news statement, Arum said “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. But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.”
Others disagree. In fact, Floyd Mayweather has previously told news that he believes that Pacman has lost at least two of his recent fights and that judges both times wrongly gave Manny those fights.
In 2011, Pacman had three loses. But Floyd told news “(Pacquiao) lost more than 3 times. He already got 3 losses, and he lost to (Juan Manuel) Marquez 3 times. So he already got 6 losses.” Mayweather added “You want honesty, I’m giving it to you. Marquez fought Pacquiao 3 times, Marquez beat Pacquiao 3 times.” Mayweather claims that Pacman has been wrongly given fights for years. “What I’ve done, no fighter has ever done. I faced 42, and I made all 42 look the same. It was easy.”
In a news statement Judge Duane Ford said that judges are to score fights round by round. Ford claims that fans incorrectly score fights looking at a collective of rounds, rather than seeing them as individual units.
In a news statement, Ford said “If this were ‘American Idol’, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won. 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 he adds “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.”
Boxing, Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley