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Manny Pacquiao might have been gifted with a victory in both his second and third fights with Juan Manuel Marquez but he was robbed in his fight with Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao landed the cleaner, harder punches but it wasn’t enough to retain his Welterweight championship.
Bradley landed at a lower punch connect percentage and power punch percentage and never seemed to hurt Pacquiao.
On the other hand, Pacquiao landed punches that seemed to rock Bradley on several occasions. By the late rounds Bradley looked to be just trying to survive to the final bell more than he was actually trying to win the fight.
Yet when it was over many were scratching their heads as all three judges scored the fight 115-113 with two of them scoring the fight in favor of Bradley.
Bob Arum, the promoter for both fighters, was so enraged at the decision that he is demanding the Nevada State Athletic Commission launch an investigation.
While it doesn’t seem likely the fight result will be overturned, one has to wonder what fight the judges were watching.
There is no guarantee that the two will fight a rematch or that the fight would be worth seeing again. Pacquiao seemed to easily win this fight but it wasn’t all that particularly entertaining until the scorecards were read.
It is likely that a rematch would yield much of the same results.