From ESPN (Pics added by B.S. Report)
By Dan Rafael
LAS VEGAS — Stunning, simply stunning.
Manny Pacquiao looked rejuvenated after a controversial split decision loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in November, but in what will surely go down as one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history — one of the worst, really — Timothy Bradley Jr. was awarded a split-decision win to claim a welterweight title on Saturday night before 14,206 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
This time, the judges got him. And they got him good. Maybe it was a makeup call for the Marquez fight? (Read more.)
B.S. Report–Boxing is known for its bad decisions, but this, even for boxing, is truly one for the books. Pacquiao had little trouble with his opponent–a very game, undefeated, and yet totally outclassed Timothy Bradley. In my opinion it was difficult to find more than 3 rounds out of the 12 that could have realistically been scored for Bradley.
Not only did Pacquiao’s punching power stun Bradley on a number of occasions, he landed more punches overall. Bradley rarely landed clean shots on Pacquiao and even when he did he lacked the power to threaten Pacquiao in any substantial way. This decision was a travesty and is the reason why boxing fans have gravitated to MMA where the fights are decided by the fighters–and not by the judges.