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Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Simply No Way Timothy Bradley Could Have Won

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (L-R) Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao talk in the ring after Bradley defeated Pacquiao by split decision to win the WBO welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Henry MartinSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2012

Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO title in an extremely controversial decision when Timothy Bradley won the belt in a confusing split decision on Saturday night in Las Vegas. 

I will be honest—I'm a fan of both men. During the fight, I felt biased toward Bradley and went in thinking he would dominate Pacquiao for 12 straight rounds.

After the fight ended, I can honestly say that Bradley at the very most won three rounds. I had the fight scored 10-2 in favor of Pacquiao, and Bradley won those rounds when Pacquiao's action was low, which was very rare in the fight.

Now, a lot of hits people thought landed didn't because Bradley was slick enough to dodge some. That's the thing, though—that was some punches, not all of them. Pacquiao looked great, and the punches he did land looked to be very effective against Bradley.

Bradley looked tired, fatigued and hurt, which is very rare to see with the undefeated Bradley. He wasn't as accurate, although most of his punches thrown were jabs to try to size Pacquiao up or wild swings, as Pacquiao completely dominated Bradley in the accuracy department.

This fight was nowhere near a split decision, but as soon as Buffer announced that one card was in favor of Pacquiao, I could feel that something was amiss.

I fully expect a rematch between the two in November—and this time for the scores to be announced correctly in favor of the man who really won the fight.

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