Pacquiao vs. Bradley Replay: Rematch Is Crucial to Integrity of Boxing

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIJune 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao lands a right to the head of Timothy Bradley during their WBO welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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After the controversial ending that saw Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley ruled the winner over Manny Pacquiao by a split decision, there will be many people who would love to watch the fight again to see if the ringside judges saw anything the viewers at home missed.

Fortunately, those fans will be able to do that, as a replay of the fight will re-air on June 16 on HBO before the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee Middleweight Championship bout.

Unfortunately, that fight isn't a rematch, it's just a rebroadcast. But if the sport of boxing wants to preserve the minuscule amount of integrity that remains, the Nevada State Athletic Commission must go to any lengths necessary to schedule a rematch.

Even though after the fight, both fighters said they would be open for a rematch, recent reports have stated otherwise. According to Lance Pugmire of the Chicago Tribune, there's no guarantee that a rematch will take place. Why? Just ask Bob Arum.

"The brokers are telling us if we make a Bradley rematch, no one will go," Arum said.

Basically what Arum in saying is that there's no reason for these two fighters to go at it again because there isn't an exorbitant amount of money to be made for all parties involved. Arum needs to suck it up and take the financial hit to save the future of boxing.

Fans are outraged about this decision. The choice to be made was clear as day, and the judges chose otherwise. The outcome screams collusion, illegal gambling, fight fixing and any other term that shouldn't be synonymous with a sport.

Sports are supposed to be unrehearsed. They're supposed to be competition in it's rawest form, and Saturday's match didn't seem that way.

This situation isn't about money anymore, it's about putting some make-up on the bruise that boxing has on its face. It's about the future of a sport that will cease to exist unless those in charge regain the trust of the fan base. 

When Pacquiao and Marquez had their controversies in the ring, the two scheduled a rematch. The rulings made in any of the Pacquiao-Marquez tilts where nowhere near as egregious as how the judges ruled at the MGM Grand on June 9. Something needs to be done.

People are equating boxing to the WWE right now, and that's extremely detrimental to the sport going forward. If Arum doesn't want to see his livelihood go down the drain, he needs to make sure Pacquiao and Bradley step into the ring against each other one more time.