By: Khang Huynh
This past weekend WBO welter weight champion Manny Pacquiao put his belt on the line against undefeated challenger Timothy Bradley in a title fight at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Over the next 12 rounds Pacquiao went on to clearly out throw and land more punches and power punches than Bradley. I give Bradley a lot of credit though for never giving up and trying to make a fight out of it. It was clear Bradley didn’t have the speed and power to keep up with Pacquiao.
After the fight and before the decision was announced Bradley told his promoter Bob Arum that he tried his best but he couldn’t beat Pacquiao. Then ring announcer Michael Buffer announced a split decision win for Timothy Bradley. No one was more surprised at the announcement than Bradley. Not Pacquiao, not the announcers, not the viewers or even the thousands of celebrities and athletes who tweeted their outrage at the decision. But it’s not Bradley’s fault that such a horrific decision was made by the judges. This is the reason boxing has lost millions of fans. Many think the sport is corrupt and this fight has done nothing but confirm their opinion.
I don’t blame fans who have completely given up on the sport. In my personal opinion I think Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum is as corrupt as they come. He makes Don King look like a saint. I think Pacquiao should either retire or no longer let Arum be his promoter. Arum and his ego are the main reasons fans will never get to see Mayweather/Pacquiao. And if somehow that fight were ever to happen I’m pretty sure the sport of “boxing” would find a way to ruin it.
Detroit Lions’ Calvin and Stephen Tulloch took to Twitter to let their fans know how they felt about the fight: