Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley: Awful Decision Must Lead to Scoring Changes

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJune 12, 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 Manny Pacquiao was absolutely robbed in a split decision loss to Timothy Bradley last weekend, the Nevada State Athletic Commission needs to reexamine the way it scores boxing matches. The commission, as well as boxing as a whole, needs to create specific guidelines for judges to follow, and it may be time for making scoring public round-by-round.

Boxing purists don't like the idea of making each judge's scorecards public every round or every three rounds, because it takes some of the mystery out of a decision at the end of the fight. But had Manny Pacquiao known he was even in a close fight with Bradley on Saturday, he would have continued to chase down "Desert Storm" and pressure him.

At the end of the fight, Bradley was backing off and largely running away, looking to counter-punch. Pacquiao clearly was bored of chasing after him and took his time. Had he known the fight was close he certainly would have gone on the offensive.

But everyone in the arena believed he was completely blowing Bradley out of the water.

Two judges—Duane Ford and C.J. Ross—gave the fight to Bradley 115-113, which proved they were either corrupt or grossly incompetent. 

Ford and Ross should both be banned from judging main-event fights indefinitely. Anyone who watched the fight could have told you Pacquiao won easily. The Filipino southpaw landed 253 of 751 punches (34 percent), while Bradley landed 159 of 839 punches (19 percent). Pacquiao landed 82 more power shots (190-108) as well. He also landed more punches than Bradley in 10 of the fight's 12 rounds.

By every statistical measure, Pacquiao dominated Bradley. On top of that, the punches he landed were all far harder than anything Bradley offered up.

It was an absolute travesty and a robbery that must lead to changes.

Too many judges score fights their own way, and it leads to far more controversial decisions than there need to be. Boxing needs more transparency. If everyone was on the same page and scoring was made public during the fight, it would give the sport more credibility.

Something has to change. Hopefully the horrendous decision rendered in Las Vegas on Saturday will finally lead to fixes.