Jun. 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao (right) against Timothy Bradley Jr during a welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Teddy Atlas, a longtime trainer and boxing analyst for ESPN, is well known for never pulling any punches when giving his take on the sport he loves. Which is why it's worth hearing what he has to say about the controversy in "Sin City" last night (Sat., June 9, 2012).
Manny Pacquiao lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley in the main event of the HBO boxing pay-per-view (PPV) that took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That's what the records will show but perhaps they shouldn't. That's because you could throw a rock and hit someone who scored the fight for "Pacman." In fact, it seemed as though every human on Earth scored it for Pacquiao except for the two judges who gave it to Bradley.
How can that be possible, though? How can the two most important men in this situation disagree with nearly everyone else? Is it corruption or simply incompetence? Atlas thinks it could be both (transcription via Bad Left Hook).
"Unfortunately, the scorers of fights are incompetent. Sometimes they're more than incompetent. Sometimes they're corrupt. (Boxing) doesn't have a national commission, like other sports do. Doesn't have a police body, like other sports have. And therefore you get this kind of situation. I'm not sure if it's accurate that Pacquiao was about to leave one of the kingpins of the sport, Bob Arum. His contract was running out. But I think it was. And when that happens, sometimes funny things happen. But the bottom line is, if you're an honest man, if you're a competent person that knows what he's watching, Pacquiao won that fight. Only one man won that fight. And, you know, he doesn't get the decision. It's an injustice to the sport, injustice to the fighters, injustice to the fanbase. It's one of the fallacies. It's one of the problems with the sport of boxing right now is that the wrong guy wins sometimes."
Hear more from Atlas after the jump, including why he thinks Bradley would be the right candidate to beat Pacquiao if there really is a conspiracy.
For a more detailed look at the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight click here and here. To watch highlights click here. And for complete Pacquiao vs. Bradley results from the entire HBO boxing PPV click here and here.
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