Timothy Bradley was not the real winner when the terrible decision came in that he beat Manny Pacquiao—Floyd Mayweather Jr. was. Well, Mayweather and anyone who fixed the fight—if that is what happened—but that is for another article.
This article is about the reality of the situation. Sure, Bradley's profile went up a notch with the decision, but the results are going to be fairly insignificant.
Just because the judges said Bradley won this fight, it doesn't mean that people are going to believe Bradley is a better fighter. It is not going to instantly turn Desert Storm into an undefeated champ that no one really cared about into a hot commodity.
This put Bradley in a better position for a rematch with Pacquiao and not much else. He is still the same talented, but limited, fighter who does not have the style to be a star.
The real winner here is the man who is currently sleeping in a jail cell, Floyd Mayweather.
All of a sudden, Mayweather's argument for being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world just got a little easier, but this is not the biggest impact.
That would come in the fact that he just got the upper hand in the negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight.
Money can say he doesn't need to prove himself against Pacquiao, and that Pac-Man needs this fight more than he does. This was already something he was eager to say anyway, and now he has a new piece of evidence to use as ammunition.
This advantage in bargaining position paves the way for Money to get the larger cut of the purse that he has always desired.
Floyd Mayweather is incarcerated, but his claim to being the best, and his bargaining position in landing the most lucrative fight in history just greatly increased.