Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Timothy Bradley Defeats Manny Pacquiao in Shocking Upset

Justin Tate@justindavidtateCorrespondent IJune 10, 2012

Bradley and Pacquiao being cordial in the aftermath of a great controversy.
Bradley and Pacquiao being cordial in the aftermath of a great controversy.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KO) has defeated Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KO) by split decision in what will likely be boxing's upset of the year.

Pacquiao was dictating the fight in the eyes of many observers with his power and quick, unorthodox counters.

Bradley, however, was able to take the punches and come back with great flurries and inspired punching technique, though not with the power Pacquiao came with.

In the final rounds, Pacquiao began to be outboxed to some degree and did not have the success at making Bradley's head snap that he had in previous rounds.

Is this reason enough to award this split-decision victory of 115-113 on two judges' scorecards to the new WBO welterweight world champion, Bradley?

It's hard to say. Many are outraged, but Bradley has advised in the televised post-fight interview to turn the sound off when replaying the fight and just watch how he did.

It can almost be guaranteed many journalists will do so, but it's doubtful that trick will change their minds.

Give your thoughts below, fight fans—was this officially the robbery of the year, or was it a great upset?

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