Bradley defeats Pacquiao: A Sad day for Boxing
By Alex Sharp: Last night we witnessed one of the worst decisions in a big fight in boxing history. It honestly makes me not want to watch these big fights anymore as it seems the decision for the victory is determined before the fight has even begun.
Tim Bradley was out gunned and out maneuvered in every department, except in the last three rounds where Pacquiao seemed to tire, but the fight was already won by that point. The fight totals speak for themselves Bradley threw 839 punches and landed 159, which gives him a 19% success rate. Pacquiao threw 751 punches and landed 253 which gives him a 34% success rate. On power punches Pacquiao landed 190 of 493 punches (39%), compared to Bradley throwing 390 and landing 108(28%). This was a total disgrace as this fight was not even close.
Some people may be of the opinion that Pacquiao got what he deserved after his victory over Marquez but that fight was an extremely close affair. The first time I watched that fight I had Marquez winning with no question, but I made myself watch it again to clarify what I had seen.On a second more careful watch I had Manny edging the fight by a round and the fight totals show Manny landed more punches and was constantly the aggressor. It would be fair to say Marquez was the more effective counter puncher but I think any world champion would feel hard done by if they were the aggressor, landed more punches yet still lost the decision.
I think people have fell into the trap of expecting too much of Manny every time he fights. In his victory’s over Cotto, Clottey and Margarito he looked unstoppable and really dominated the fights. Against Mosely and Marquez he did not impress as much, but Mosely did not come to fight and spent most of the fight on the defensive and Marquez is a brilliant counter puncher who Pacquiao has always struggled against. The other three where custom made for Manny as they came straight at him in straight lines and he just dominated them with his speed and footwork.
Tim Bradley showed a great amount of heart in the fight to come back from the brink and fought really well late in the fight and he deserves credit for that but in no way does he deserve the victory. Manny showed us he still has the speed and power and totally dominated the big exchanges. It is an extremely sad day for the sport. Maybe a different way of judging could be looked at, or maybe if it is that clear cut the board could intervene and over turn the decision. One thing is for sure while we are seeing judging as bad as this it can only be bad for the sport.