Pacquiao vs. Bradley Results: Breaking Down Judges' Controversial Scorecards
Nearly everyone scored Saturday's big fight overwhelmingly for Manny Pacquiao, but two judges disagreed, and it made for one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history.
While ringside, judge Jerry Roth gave the fight to Pacquiao 115-113, but judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford scored the bout 115-113 Bradley.
Naturally, you look for a reason, any reason, why Ross and Ford would score the bout the way they did (except, of course, because of outside influences).
And although it was understandable to give some rounds to Bradley at the end (particularly the last three), the rest of the fight was rather one-sided. Pacquiao was faster, stronger and landed more punches. Pacquiao landed 253 punches, to Bradley's 159. Pacquiao also landed 190 power punches, to Bradley's 108. Whether you were looking at the fight from a general perspective or by the stats, it always seemed to land on Pacquiao's side in the end.
The Associated Press scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao. HBO's unofficial judge, Harold Lederman, had it 119-109, Pacquiao. ESPN.com had it 119-109, Pacquiao. Ross and Ford had it 115-113, Bradley. Ross and Ford gave seven rounds to Bradley, yet gave just five rounds to Pacquiao.
Who do you think won the fight?
See why there's so much confusion over the decision?
While Pacquiao's controversial decision over Juan Manuel Marquez was at least legitimately close, Bradley's controversial decision over Pacquiao came after what many considered to be a lopsided fight—in the other direction. That's why you have the shock and awe you do now. Fans and analysts around the globe, especially on Twitter, are already labeling this as one of the biggest fixes in boxing history.
There's simply no way anyone could have watched this fight and concluded that Bradley won seven rounds. So either Ross and Ford were looking at a different fight than we were or they had this one scored before it had even begun.
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