Manny Pacquiao saw his 7 year unbeaten run ended with a controversial points decision loss to Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao landed 94 more punches than the American but the judges still scored the fight 115 – 113 in Bradleys favour. The decision was booed roundly in the Las Vegas arena as well as drinks being thrown when Bradley was on the microphone.
“I thought I won,” said Bradley, who had displayed his confidence by having oversized tickets printed for a rematch on 10 November. I didn’t think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn’t feel his power.”
Promoter Bob Arum said: “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.’”
Pacquiao said “I did my best [but] I guess my best wasn’t good enough. He never hurt me with his punches, most of them landed on my arms,” Pacquiao said. Arum, who has contracts with both fighters, said: “I’m going to make a lot of money on the rematch, but this [decision] was outrageous.”
Amir Khan who was commentating on the fight was shocked by the result too. Khan said: I was commentating on the fight and I was shocked more than anything,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “Manny won the fight clearly – I gave him it by at least eight points. The same thing happened to me when I fought Peterson. I met Manny backstage and he said: ‘I’m not hurt, I’m fine. He didn’t do anything in the fight for the judges to have him winning.’
“Manny has had a tough career and he’s not been boxing as well as he should be in his last few fights, but everyone in that arena thought he won that fight. I only gave Bradley a couple of rounds and they were very close. I had Manny winning at least 8-4.I was sat with all the press people and when they put the mic to Bradley everyone started booing and throwing drinks. Manny was still smiling as always. He had no marks at all apart from maybe a gash on his eye, but that was a headbutt.”
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