Thursday 14 December 2017

Boxing: Split decision stuns Pacquiao

THE sport found itself mired in controversy again yesterday following fierce criticism of the decision to award Timothy Bradley a controversial split decision victory over hot favourite Manny Pacquiao at Las Vegas' MGM Grand.

The Filipino fighter appeared to have done more than enough to take the decision, despite slowing down in the later stages, but was left stunned by the decision which cost him as his WBO welterweight belt.

Two judges scored the bout 115-113 to the unbeaten Bradley and one handed the win to Pacquiao by the same score.

The verdict must now place the long-delayed, but much-debated super-fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr in serious doubt.

"He never hurt me with his punches," Pacquiao said. "Most of his punches hit my arm. I don't know what happened."

Bradley said: "Manny hurt me a few times with his left hand. He's a beast. My corner told me that, if I won the last round, I'd win the fight. I've got to give Manny a rematch."

Criticism of the decision came thick and fast, with Pacquiao's training partner Amir Khan branding it "robbery," Lennox Lewis calling it disgraceful and fight promoter Bob Arum saying it was "nuts."

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