Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Pac-Man Has Handled Horrific Decision with Supreme Class

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Manny Pacquiao salutes the crowd after his fight against Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Last weekend, Manny Pacquiao was unjustly given a blemish on his record that will never be erased.

However, Pac-Man hasn’t complained about it one bit—and he never will.

Despite outpunching Timothy Bradley in 10 of 12 rounds and landing 253 punches to Desert Storm’s 159, two of the three judges awarded Bradley the win and an entire world of sports was outraged

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was cursing to the media and demanding a review after the bout. The MGM Grand crowd was booing and the HBO announcers were in shock.

What did Manny say in the heat of the moment?

He must have been outraged, and ready to demand some sort of repercussion, right?

Wrong—according to ESPN’s Tim Keown:

The scene in Pacquiao's dressing room after the fight was perhaps the most damning indictment. Those who were there say Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach weren't angry at the decision. They were almost laughing that two of the three judges could have watched the fight and seen -- somewhere in the deep recesses of their brains -- a Bradley victory. The reaction might speak well to Pacquiao as a sportsman, but amused resignation is not good for the sport.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao lands a left 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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They know who won. While I’m shocked they would almost be laughing, it goes to show you that Manny isn’t letting this decision get the best of him. He has more important things to do than worry about something that’s completely out of his hands.

That was essentially his mentality when speaking with reporters after the bout (via ESPN):

I did my best, but I guess my best wasn't good enough. I've been watching his fight tapes. There were no surprises. He never hurt me with his punches. Most of them hit my arms. I don't know what happened.

Everything he said is true. Bradley conducted his post-fight interview in a wheelchair because he could barely walk. After displaying posters for the rematch before Round 1 even began, something is very fishy, but Pac-Man refused to suggest as much.

While you may be angry with the state of boxing and the possibility that it's incredibly corrupt, remember that the classiest star never threw the sport under the bus when he had every opportunity to do so.

He handled the situation like the true champion he deserves to be.