No, Manny Pacquiao didn't lose this fight and prove he can't compete in the ring anymore. In fact, it was quite the opposite for Pac-Man, but that doesn't change the fact that he should retire.
There was no doubt that Pac-Man had won his bout with Timothy Bradley, and the only people in the world who didn't see it that way were Bradley, his camp and the two judges who scored the fight in favor of Desert Storm.
You can also throw in the third judge, despite him scoring in favor of Pacquiao. 115-113 was that judge's score, and that was far too close for what really happened in this fight.
One can only imagine why on Earth the boxing authorities would look to fix this fight's decision. But the most logical explanation would be their desire for a rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao.
With Floyd Mayweather Jr. in jail at the moment, the dream fight between him and Pac-Man can't happen. Even when Money May was not in trouble with the law, this fight didn't look like it would happen.
That dream fight is the only fight boxing fans truly care about. Everything else pales in comparison.
A loss by the undefeated Bradley would have further proven there is simply nobody worth watching except for Pac-Man and Money May. While that still remains true despite Bradley's win, the sport can keep Bradley relevant after winning the welterweight title.
A Pac-Man versus Bradley rematch is inevitable as a result of the controversial decision. So instead of the sport hemorrhaging fans and struggling to find another worthy fight to sell while fans wait for the fight of the century, boxing has its rematch.
So why should Pac-Man retire?
For starters, how can Pacquiao ever step into a ring and be confident that a decision from the judges will be the right one and not a crooked one? It's got to be tough entering into a fight not knowing if it will be scored fairly or not.
Pac-Man could also stick it to the authorities and retire before any rematch is given.
Not only would the sport lose a ton of money, but they would forever live with this ridiculous decision. The boxing powers-that-be would never be able to wash the blood off their hands from this one.
Not being able to right this wrong would further push boxing to the brink of extinction. There would be even less credibility to the sport than there is now—if that's possible.
Not to mention that the entire world of boxing is propped up by Money May and Pacquiao, the two greatest fighters on the planet. Taking one out of the equation would be devastating for the future of boxing and its bottom line.
It's doubtful Pacquiao would ever take this step, however. He is a champion and a true competitor, and nobody is more eager than Pac-Man to reverse this decision by beating down Bradley again, proving he is the better fighter.
But nobody would begrudge Pac-Man hanging up the gloves. We all know who the better fighter is and would fully understand if Pacquiao's loss led not only to his diminished faith in boxing, but to a desire for revenge against the people and sport that screwed him over.
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