Tim Bradley won the biggest fight of his career last night, when he was awarded a split decision against Manny Pacquiao during their main event fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Apparently, he fought most of the fight extremely banged up, and his performance may have…suffered? Bradley showed up in a wheelchair during the post-fight press conference, and it was reported he fought on two injured ankles.
Instead, it looks like he fought on two bad feet.
Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, said the fighter has a left foot fracture, with his right foot also enduring a lot of swelling during the fight. Bradley reportedly suffered the fracture in the second round, and his right foot was injured during the fifth round.
The credibility of boxing, already seen as a dying sport among MMA enthusiasts, crashed and burned when the judges’ scorecards were read last night: 115-113, 113-115 and 115-113.
A potential rematch is likely on November 10, with Pacquiao already expected to come out more aggressively in the fight.
Meanwhile, the superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao could still be arranged. But that admittedly lost significant appeal after last night’s decision.
The outrage and fallout from the decision was felt in both boxing and MMA, but other sports stars and celebrities sounded off about the controversial decision. As pointed out by Matthew Roth, the scoring controversy has no effect on MMA, even though our beloved sport continues to deal with downright wrong judging issues.