After one of the most controversial decisions in recent memory in the sport of boxing where Timothy Bradley was awarded a split-decision victory over pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao, Top Rank president Bob Arum is now saying a rematch is no guarantee, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Even though both fighters expressed they both wanted a rematch at the post-fight press conference, Arum is now saying that he does not want a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley.
Arum Told the Las Vegas Sun:
I don't want to do a rematch.This fight was a one-sided fight. If it had been scored properly—10-2 or 9-3—who would be asking for a rematch? Nobody. Just because these officials screwed up, that doesn't justify a rematch.
In a way, Arum is right. No one would want to see a rematch of a heavily one-sided affair, but with the controversy surrounding this fight's outcome, this seems like the best way to clear the air.
Bradley reportedly has a fractured left foot and a swollen right ankle (per BoxingScene.com) that he injured in the fight, which may have hampered his performance.
A rematch would give everyone a sense of how good Bradley really is when he is 100 percent, and hopefully give us a clear-cut winner the second time around.
Arum also said he could possibly give the winner of July's Amir Khan-Danny Garcia fight a shot at Bradley and his WBO title next, but I think the smart decision is to wait on that until after a Pacquiao-Bradley rematch. Then he can pit whoever wins that with the winner of Khan and Garcia.
Only time will tell what Arum's next move with Pacquiao and Bradley is, but if he wants to make the right decision, he should pit the two fighters in a rematch and let them end the controversy in the ring.