Bradley Upsets Pacquiao, Boxing

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: June 11, 2012

The fight that probably never happen

The fight that probably never happen

NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) was robbed of a well-deserved victory against newly crowned WBO welterweight and current undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The three judges at ringside scored the bout 115-113 (twice) for Bradley and 115-113 for Pacquiao.

There will be a rematch. There has to be a rematch. Manny Pacquiao deserves the opportunity to avenge his first official loss since March 2005 when Erik Morales defeated him on points.

As much as people can make a claim of how Pacquiao was robbed of a well-deserved win, we must remember that this is boxing. Throughout history, we’ve seen popular fighters lose unpopular decisions. We’ve seen fighters win close fights they didn’t deserve to win. As well as, lose close fights they didn’t deserve to lose.

If anyone has experienced what it’s like to have been given a ‘gift’ it is Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao has already experienced exactly what Timothy Bradley is experiencing right now. Did Manny Pacquiao really defeat Juan Manuel Marquez in their third fight last November? Did Marquez really deserve to lose to Pacquiao in their rematch in March 2008?

Let’s not even talk about Manny Pacquiao vs. Agapito Sanchez.

Having won a fight he should have lost – hands down! Of course Bradley is going to take the highroad (and the money) and accept the victory.

“I’ll take it anyway I can get it,” Bradley once stated, as far as the opportunity to defeat Pacquiao.

Bradley is taking his ‘gift,’ a hard-earned ‘gift’ and is basking in the spotlight.

“There’s three judges out there and that’s the way they judged it, so I mean, what do you want me to do?” Bradley said. “You know what I mean? That’s the way they judged it. My corner felt we were winning the fight. I was controlling the action. But like I said, there was three judges out there. Two of them felt I won the fight and that’s all I can say on that.”

Pacquiao is a humble champion who is in complete shock over the results of Saturday’s decision. Pacquiao’s best course of action is to simply come out and admit he truly won the fight and that he’s anxiously looking forward to beating Bradley again in a November rematch.

What’s interesting about Saturday’s fight is that fact that it was one of Pacquiao’s better defensive outings in a long time.

“I respect the decision, but 100% I believe that I won the fight,” Pacquiao said. “The fans in their heart know who won the fight…he hit me with a couple of jabs, but I don’t even remember him hitting me a solid punch in my face and — amazing what the result is.”

Pacquiao, who usually drops his hands to get hit, kept his guard up as Bradley constantly landed a lot of arm and glove punches. Pacquiao made Bradley miss a lot punches through the twelve rounds and was hurting the young California resident with his straight left.

Bradley was tough, but Pacquiao landed the cleaner, much harder punches. It was a competitive fight, as Bradley’s will, not his jabs, not his combinations or boxing style, that carried him through. Bradley could have quit after severely injuring his right foot.

Bradley could have taken the money and ran, but instead, took the money, Pacquiao’s victory, and Pacquiao’s WBO 147-pound title in the process.

No Pacquiao-Mayweather (for now)

Perhaps the best thing that could have happened was for either Pacquiao or Mayweather to close. What’s the point of wasting time writing about a fight between Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Maweather if it’s not going to lead to a showdown? People all over the world have been writing, talking, dreaming about Mayweather-Pacquiao for about four years. There was $100 million in purse revenue for the fight. Still, neither side was serious about coming together to making the fight happen.

Mayweather began a 90-day jail stint last week. Pacquiao suffered a controversial defeat to Timothy Bradley. The biggest fight in the sport right now is a rematch between Pacquiao vs. Bradley in November. By then, Mayweather should be in the process of returning to the ring.

As far as Mayweather-Pacquiao lacing the gloves, forget about it. The fight isn’t going to happen. If it does, both fighters may be past their absolute best, as the Manny Pacquiao Express may at last be slowing down a bit age 33. Pacquiao hasn’t knocked anyone out in nearly 3 years. Mayweather is 35-36 and is locked away behind bars. He is in tremendous shape, but is very inactive. Even in is last bout, Miguel Cotto put Floyd through hell during a tough 12-round battle.

As of right now, no one is thinking of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. We’re still trying to figure out what happened in Las Vegas last Saturday.

Adamek vs. Chambers on Saturday

There will be no controversy on Saturday when for heavyweight title challengers Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 18 KOs) meets Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Adamek will be fighting at home at ‘The Rock’ for the first time since April 2011. Anytime Adamek fights at the Prudential Center, you can expect fireworks, excitement, and an overall great event. Thanks in part to Adamek’s solid Polish fan base.

The Prudential Center will be decorated with red and white Polish flags which will be an intimidating scene for Chambers. Chambers, once again, will be fighting in enemy territory. Chambers fought Alexander Povetkin and was KO’d by Wladimir Klitschko in the last seconds of the twelfth round in March 2010.

Adamek, a former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, had his dream of becoming a three-division titlist derailed when Vitali Klitschko defeated him in front of more than 40,000 at a soccer stadium in Poland.

Adamek and Chambers are both hungry to return to the world championship level. A fight between them at the Prudential Center on Saturday marks a grand return.