Many people in the boxing world are calling for reforms in the sport’s judging system after Manny Pacquiao’s welterweight title fight loss by split decision to undefeated Timothy Bradley.
A lot of people at ringside disagreed, partly because Pacquiao connected with 253 punches to Bradley’s 159 in the fight.
According to the Detroit Free Press, judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford scored the bout 115-113 fin favor of Bradley, while Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Ford and Roth are veterans of big Las Vegas fights, while Ross’ experience is limited. Boos went through the building as HBO tried to interview both fighters.
Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz pointed out that Bradley, 29-0, was scored the winner in at least four of the final six rounds by all three judges. According to the Los Angeles Times, he said, "You've got to win the last rounds to win a fight," Diaz said.
His manager said Bradley survived the 12-round bout despite suffering a fractured left foot and a twisted right ankle.
Promoter Bob Arum, whose company represents both fighters, has taken a lot of heat over the decision."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," he said, according to FOX Sports.
World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman said, according to boxingscene.com, “During the 67 years of my life in boxing I have never seen such a theft as the one perpetrated against Manny Pacquiao. I call it the theft of the century, and I am embarrassed for the whole sport of boxing.”
Promoter Lou DiBella told USA Today, "Boxing's been self-destructive for a long time. It's very clear it's not going to get fixed from the inside.”
"It's a cesspool, bro."
The world of Hollywood was not pleased with the decision either. Justin Timberlake tweeted, “boxing was ruined tonight for me,” and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel said “Paula Abdul would have done a better job judging.”