Manny Pacquiao’s amazing seven-year run came to an end on Saturday night when opponent Timothy Bradley defeated Pacquio in a controversial judges decision that left much of the boxing world fuming.
Pacquiao appeared to have the match in hand but two judges disagreed, handing Bradley a split decision.
After the fight Bradley proclaimed:
“I thought I won the fight. I didn’t think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn’t feel his power.”
Among those who were stunned was promoter Bob Arum who manages both Manny and Timothy. Immediately following the decision Arum announced a November rematch between the two men while blasting how the decision went down:
“I’ve never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight.”
While Bradley came on stronger in the final rounds to win five of the last six on two scorecards and four on the third the actual numbers seemed in Pacquiao’s favor. During the night Manny Pacquioa landed 190 punches on 493 thrown for a 38.5 punch percentage while Timothy Bradley threw 390 and landed 108 for a punch percentage of just 27.7.
Yet despite Manny’s performance Timothy Bradley won two scorecards 115-113 and then lost the third by the same margin.
Gracious in defeat Manny proclaimed:
“I did my best. I guess my best wasn’t good enough.”
In the meantime boxing experts are still pouring over Saturday nights fight tapes to determine how a seemingly won match for Manny Pacquiao managed to turn so quickly in favor of Timothy Bradley.
Who do you think won Saturday’s match?