Pacquiao vs. Bradley: New Judges Should Be Brought in For Rematch
After Jerry Roth, CJ Ross and Duane Ford get on a plane and leave Nevada tomorrow, they likely won't be remembered in the state, or in the city of Las Vegas.
But anyone associated with boxing, Manny Pacquiao or the integrity of sports in general should be darned if these three are anywhere near a rematch between Pac-Man and Timothy Bradley that is now bound to happen sometime in November.
Additionally, you should probably learn their names.
This fight should go down as one of the ones that should be stricken from the record. After controlling the majority of the fight early on and doing seemingly enough to win down the stretch, Manny Pacquiao suffered a split decision loss at the hands of Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas Saturday night.
And when the judges' scorecard goes viral, (which I can hopefully help by giving you a link here) we'll all be wondering how two judges gave Round 5 to Bradley.
We'll also be wondering how Pacquiao out-punched his opponent by a significant margin and still lost the fight. And how Pacquiao lost Round 2 on two judges' cards.
It's going to be said until you don't want to hear it anymore, but this fight didn't end the way the result portrayed it for 48 minutes of boxing. Manny Pacquiao controlled the flow, clinch and striking game any time he wanted to.
If the judges were going to penalize him for not finishing Bradley in the sixth and seventh round that would be fine. But by their logic, two didn't even think the pivotal fifth round had any effect on Bradley at all, after he ripped off four straight rounds on Ford's card in the seventh-10th rounds.
Needless to say, when this rematch happens, and it's going to happen, these three folks better not be anywhere near the arena. It's time for boxing to right this wrong sooner than later, and it's starts with a new venue, a new promoter, new judges, a new referee and a new outlook on the scope of what this means for the sport.
Boxing is a dying sport, at least in the realm of what it used to be. Chalk it up to pay-per-view or people getting tired of watching guys pummel each other, but it isn't even close to drawing the kind of crowd it used to.
That being said, this is a pivotal point in the direction of the sport. They can right their wrongs with a completely different rematch, starting with the judges. Or we can all act like this didn't happen, and that Bradley went in and demolished Pac-Man to the point of no return.
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