Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: WBO Must Strip Timothy Bradley of Title Belt
There is always at least one controversial decision that comes around every generation in boxing that must be overturned.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley marked such a decision on Saturday, when Pacquiao lost via split decision to Bradley.
Despite most media members giving the bout overwhelmingly to Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross gave the fight to Bradley, 115-113. It's a historic decision, not only for its sheer ineptitude, but because it likely puts an end to any talk of the legendary Filipino ever touching gloves with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But there is hope. On Wednesday, the World Boxing Organization announced that it would be utilizing a panel of five international judges to review the controversial decision, according to Yahoo! Sports.
While that doesn't guarantee that the WBO will try to strip Bradley of the title belt, there still is a possibility moving forward. The decision to review the bout comes after Bob Arum, the promoter of Pacquiao and Bradley, called for an investigation by Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto on Sunday.
Bradley certainly didn't do anything wrong on Saturday. He fought a good fight, and just happened to be part of one of the most controversial decisions this generation has ever witnessed.
Should the WBO strip Bradley of the title belt?
But that doesn't mean he shouldn't be stripped of the title belt. There are some decisions that must be overturned, because they threaten the very integrity and value of the sport. Stripping Bradley of his title belt not only restores some form of balance to boxing, it makes it more likely that Pacquiao and Mayweather will face each other, as slim as that chance is.
We're talking about arguably the two greatest boxers this generation has ever seen. Whatever must be done to put the two into the ring together must be done. As Pacquiao and Mayweather approach the tail end of their careers, the window of opportunity is getting smaller and smaller.
The WBO honestly doesn't have to review the fight at all. We all know what we saw. Now make the right decision and give Pacquiao back his title belt.
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