Jun. 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Timothy Bradley Jr (near) hits Manny Pacquiao during a welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
What a difference a day makes.
This past Sat., June 9, 2012, saw one of the most controversial decisions in boxing in years, as Timothy Bradley was awarded a split decision victory (115-113, 113-115, 115-113) over pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The location of the bout is key, seeing as the outcry over the result has produced a level of disgust towards the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and its practices that borders on sadistic. Fans are outraged; some are demanding answers while others have simply sworn off the sport altogether.
For his part, Pacquiao disagreed with the judges but told fans to hang in there. Bradley, meanwhile, felt he did enough to win the fight but ultimately settled on the only real position he could -- the judges made their call and he has to live with it, just like everyone else.
But that's not really the case.
Indeed, an investigation could be launched at the behest of Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. And Bob Arum, of all people, is leading the charge to make sure it happens. In fact, according to Yahoo! Sports, a rematch won't take place unless it does, even though Arum claimed he would "make a lot of money on it."
"I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the (Nevada Athletic Commission) gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion. But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy. If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we're off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy. But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way all three judges saw it as close. It strains credulity."
Keith Kizer, the Executive Director of the NSAC, has gone on record with the LA Times in the aftermath of the fight and said he "doesn't anticipate any discipline or review of Ross or Ford."
C.J. Ross and Duane Ford are the two judges who scored the bout for Bradley. In the case of the latter, he's come out and explained his reasoning, saying he thought Bradley "gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson."
Assuming an investigation doesn't take place, as many believe it will not, does that mean a rematch isn't going to happen? That seems unlikely, as Pacquiao has already stated unequivocally that he wants it with Arum going along with that with the old line of giving Manny what Manny wants.
There is, however, a small possibility that it doesn't happen. Indeed, ticket sales weren't nearly as strong as usual for "Pacman" fights and general interest in a rematch seems to be low. If 95-percent of the fans already believe Pacquiao won the fight anyway, what's the point in watching another?
Bradley feels he has something to prove, for obvious reasons, and the hope is that he could get through a second fight without injuring himself badly enough to need a wheelchair just to get to the post-fight press conference. His handlers have said that if a second fight never comes to pass, they'll simply move along to the next match-up, which could include any number of opponents now that he can make the claim that he knocked off Pacquiao.
Even if no one else believes as much.
Are you Maniacs on board with Arum's investigation or no rematch idea? Or are you just ready to move on past this controversy and wait for the second showdown later this year?
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