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Bob Arum Demands Investigation Into Pacquiao vs. Bradley; Rematch Temporarily on Hold


(Timothy Bradley answers questions from his wheelchair victory chariot after “defeating” Manny Pacquiao by split-decision.)

Following the monumental screwjob in Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley welterweight title match — a fight that veteran HBO boxing commentator Jim Lampley called the single worst decision he’s ever seen — promoter Bob Arum declared that would be no rematch between the two fighters unless Nevada’s attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto launched an investigation into a possible conspiracy. As he told Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole:

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…the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy. If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we’re off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy. But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way all three judges saw it as close. It strains credulity.”

If I was Manny Pacquiao, I’d have no problem refusing the rematch in the first place. He beat Bradley, everybody saw him beat Bradley, and he gains nothing from pursuing a rematch outside of fulfilling a “revenge” storyline made possible by [ALLEGEDLY] corrupt judges. And speaking of [ALLEGEDLY] corrupt judges, here’s judge Duane Ford trying to justify his 115-113 tally of the fight in the challenger’s favor:

If this were ‘American Idol’, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won. But it was not. I gave an honest opinion. I had Pacquiao up 4-2, I think, at the end of six rounds. I thought he hurt Bradley a couple of times early in the fight. But when the bell rang to end that round, it was over and what happens in one round doesn’t carry over to the next round. They’re separate units.

In the second half of the fight, Pacquiao picked off a lot of punches to the head, but Bradley landed some hard body shots. That hurt Pacquiao. I don’t mean it hurt him in the sense of it physically hurting him, but in terms of scoring and piling up points. Bradley did an excellent job standing his ground as a boxer. Remember, it’s a boxing match and Bradley demonstrated his ability to box expertly

In pro boxing, you look for damage, and if the punches are equal and the damage is equal, you are looking for effective aggression, and that does not necessarily mean the guy going forward. Effective aggression can be a guy going back. And then you look at ring generalship, and that’s all about control.”

Effective aggression can be a guy going back? Ladies and gentlemen, the Cecil Peoples of boxing.

Even though Timothy Bradley reportedly told Bob Arum that he felt he’d lost the fight before the scores were announced, he went into spin mode on Sunday, telling RingTV:

I won the fight, without a doubt. You could say I won the first round, give or take the second. Lost the third, lost the fourth, lost the fifth, maybe even lost the sixth, you know, give or take. But from seven, eight, nine, 10, 11 and 12, I clearly dominated those rounds, man. I dominated those rounds. I know that I won those rounds.

I mean, this guy was supposed to stop me. He was supposed to knock me out. But I took his best punches, and I fought back hard. You know what I mean?

My corner and I honestly feel that I won the fight. Fair and square. It was not controversial decision or nothing like that. It is what it is, man. The judges got it right, that’s what I feel. There were some close rounds in there that they probably gave to me, because, like I said, I fought every minute of every damn round.

They were probably like, “this dude is only fighting in the first half of the round or the last 30 seconds of a rounds.” They probably caught on to that.

Garbage-ass decision aside, did any of you gain respect for Bradley for at least hanging in with Pac-Man for 12 rounds?

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junrals2008- June 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm
RIP BOXING!!!! you are no longer a SPORTS!!!! your a damn bastard politics!!! and dirty business!!!!
Japanadian- June 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm
i don't understand how a boxer breaks his ankle? Also people can't do shit on broken bones (i know i've broken 9 of them). no chance he would step with a broken ankel
mcw89138- June 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm
I have all the respect in the world for Bradley after he fought Pacquiao for ten rounds with a broken ankle. Imagine a MMA fighter going four rounds in a championship fight with a broken ankle? With his foot movement compromised, Bradley stayed in the fight through a masterful use of his upper body - i.e., using hand and head feints, making himself narrow through trunk rotations, keeping his right hand cocked high enough to block Pacquiao's straight left, and employing defensive head movement. Considering he went ten rounds on a broken ankle with the pound-for-pound champion without once going to the canvas, Bradley is a stone cold stud.
NinjaVanish- June 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Fixing fights, sucking money from boxers, and bribery are all Arum's style. But you better not beat his boxer in a decision, oh hell no. Arum sucks and boxing as we know it has sucked for years because of guys like Arum
italia furia- June 11, 2012 at 9:54 am
sometimes these things happen in Nevada...
jimbonics- June 11, 2012 at 8:53 am
Total Joke. Fuck Boxing. Fuck Bob Arum.
You know what? Given all the recent TUE bullshit, Fuck MMA, too.
FUCK THE WORLD!
holeeball- June 11, 2012 at 8:32 am
So I hear Bradley is challenging Condit next. Should make for a fun fight.

In other news, Pacquiao will be going up against Diaz.
The12ozCurls- June 11, 2012 at 7:59 am
Growing up with the sport of boxing during the era of Hagler, Hearns, Duran, Arguello, Leonard and the likes, I was always a huge fan. Thank god I gave up on the sport after Lennox Lewis VS Holyfield 1. This shit just makes me laugh. To think that another "screw-job" happened in boxing is like saying that the water is wet.
amsterdamheavy- June 11, 2012 at 7:19 am
I think that scumbag Arum is quite happy with this situation.
Sloppyspray- June 11, 2012 at 7:14 am
I also like how the judge tries to justify his score by saying that Manny got hurt, but not physically hurt by the punches, just his score got hurt. Then, says "if the punches are equal and the damage is equal," insinuating that the punches were equal and the damage was equal...Yet, Manny threw more and connected more, AND obviously hurt Bradley multiple times while Manny was never hurt (even admitted by the judge above) So what is it judge? Also, the judge says that Bradley threw some strong body shots. The only significant body shot in the entire fight was landed by Manny when he nearly doubling Bradley over.
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I like Bradley more when he was saying that the judges made their decision watching the fight, and that's their job so he's not going to argue with it. Instead of this b.s. saying he won all those rounds.
Sloppyspray- June 11, 2012 at 7:09 am
Heard that Keith Keizer said he's not going to implement any form of investigation and there will be no suspension or any punishment for the judges. Not even a cursory investigation...seems kind of odd to me. UFC should seriously consider boycotting Las Vegas, they sell out everywhere else anyways. I don't see a need for them to really even go back to Las Vegas. (Except for the fact that the Fertittas make bonus money from the people who then gamble at their casinos)
Fried Taco- June 11, 2012 at 6:57 am
Lock 'em in a cage. Two men enter, one man leaves.
LukeTheDuke- June 11, 2012 at 6:44 am
"..This guy was supposed to stop me" talking like he HAD the belt at the time. WTF. No way did he win anything before Pac took round 10 off. Bradley's corner was desperate for a finish, his coach was pleading with him. Absolute abomination. No way he came close to winning that fight. OVERTURN IT.
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