It has been a stunning week for boxing. Timothy Bradley ended Manny Pacquiao’s 15 year winning streak with a shocking split decision. Bradley now holds the World Boxing Organization’s welterweight title.
Boxing fights that don’t end in a knockout are known to produce close split decisions, but this one was as close as they can get. One judge gave it to Pacquiao with 115-113 points and the other two judges gave it to Bradley 115-113! The world of sports hasn’t stopped talking about it.
The troubles have just begun. Paddy Power, the popular Irish betting service is refunding Pacquiao bettors! They issued a statement saying that they are issuing one of their famous “Justice Payouts”.
Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and ESPN are all over the story. One Fox Sports writer wrote, “Let’s be clear: Pacquiao got screwed.” The writer went on to suggest there could have been (and we stress, “could”) corruption involved in the judging.
One Philippine news organization called it a “Whodunit” and discussed conspiracy theories of the split boxing decision. Impassioned sports fans are calling it the “worst robbery in 2 decades” and everyone has opinions as to who benefits the most from this stunning turn of events.
David Mayo of MLive.com, meanwhile, has this to say of the Bradley win. “It’s the oldest big-fight tale in boxing. The champ loses the first fight. The result is reversed in the rematch. The third fight is on the up-and-up. Three paydays for one match-up between two fighters who share a common promoter,” he said.
Will this story develop into a full blown scandal? Stay tuned!