In a shocking and widely panned split decision that has up-ended the world of boxing, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao had his seven-year winning streak ended by undefeated Timothy Bradley when the judges scored the bout for Bradley.
The controversial split decision for the WBO welterweight has left many boxing fans screaming about corruption in the sport.
Ringside punching statistics showed Pacquiao landing 253 punches to 159 for Bradley. The Compubox statistics showed Pacquiao landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds and the Associated Press had Pacman winning 117 to 111. However, judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross scored it 115-113 in Bradley’s favor.
“I thought I won the fight,” Bradley said. “I didn’t think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn’t feel his power.”
Pacman said in a post-fight press conference that he believes he won the fight. A rematch is already planned for November, leading many to think the fix was in the entire time.
There’s no word how Pacquiao’s loss could affect the fight that fans have been wanting for years, a match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.