The fight was over. It had gone the distance but more than 14,000 paying fight fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas knew what the outcome would be...at least they thought they knew. Yes, Timothy Bradley had put up a decent fight. Still, clearly Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao had dominated the fight. Then the decision is announced. "Judge Jerry Roth scores it 115-113 Pacquiao." No one is surprised. "CJ Ross scores it 115-113 (pause for effect) Bradley." So it will be a split decision but still no one is prepared for what comes next. "And Duane Ford scores it 115-113 to the winner by split decision and the NEW welterweight champion of the world Timothy Bradley." The crowd is at first stunned and there are several cheers. We'll guess that those came from fans who wagered on the heavy underdog Bradley at +350. The great majority of the fans present booed the decision. Just how bad was the split decision? Well, let's take a look at some stats.
CompuBox stats show thatthrew 493 punches to 390 for Bradley. The Pacman landed 253 of those compared to 159 for Bradley. CompuBox also showed Pacquiao landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.PowerPunch stats also favored Pacquiao 190-109. Based on these stats we have to wonder what fight the judges were watching.
It's hard to find anyone who actually thinks that Bradley legitimately won this fight. Respected former judge Harold Lederman who now works for HBO gave 11 of the 12 rounds to Pacquiao. Most so called experts have at least 8 of the 12 rounds to Pacquiao with Bradley coming on later in the fight. The Associated Press scored it 117-111 Pacquiao. ESPN scored it 119-109 Pacquiao and the Los Angeles Times scored it 117-111 Pacquiao.
Now, the question is not if Pacquiao was robbed, but why? The answer is fairly simple. With boxing's top draw Floyd "Money" Mayweather languishing in a Las Vegas prison cell (domestic abuse), the sport needed to somehow create excitement. Nothing creates excitement more in boxing than a controversial decision. Can you say rematch? It was already in the works (probably in November) before the decision was even announced on Saturday night in the desert. Fight fans will eat up the hype that is sure to follow in the coming weeks.The controversy will guarantee a sold out arena and a huge pay per view take. Certain people will make a lot of money from this decision. It's not the fans.