Manny Pacquiao ins WBO review of Timothy Bradley fight

The WBO proves the obvious, and Bob Arum will now have his lucrative rematch

6/21/12 in Boxing   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

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 PRESSWIREEveryone on the planet with two eyes could see that Manny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley in their fight on June 9.

Everyone except the judges, that is, since they gave Bradley the win via split decision, and awarded Bradley the WBO welterweight title.

The WBO has since reviewed the fight, and they determined what everyone already knew: Pacquiao won that fight.

While they can't overturn the actual fight result, they ARE able to award the belt to Pacquiao, the rightful holder of the title.

Pacquiao isn't interested in simply being handed the belt, he actually wants to earn it back with a legitimate win.

Therein lies the reason everyone thinks boxing is fixed.

With the way this fight shook out, it makes the rematch almost mandatory. Considering everything that is on the line, it also makes the rematch a must-see event.

Jun. 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Timothy Bradley Jr celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao (not pictured) in a judges decision following a welterweight championship bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRECue Bob Arum, the promoter for both Pacquiao and Bradley, who stands to make a ton of money (again) when they fight for the title.

If Pacquiao had beaten Bradley in their first fight, it would have basically rendered Bradley's career irrelevant. He would no longer be an undefeated fighter, and he would have shown that he can't hang with the best. He would have nowhere to go but down, from there.

With a win over Pacquiao, Bradley now is guaranteed sustained relevance, and several more huge money fights.

If he somehow manages to beat Pacquiao again, whether it's fair or not, he'll be lined up for a potential fight against Floyd Mayweather.

While that's not exactly the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that everyone wants, it would still be a huge moneymaker for Arum.

If Pacquiao wins, it keeps him in Mayweather's sights, since everyone would basically give him credit for winning the June fight as well.

This is a win-win situation for Bob Arum. And that's exactly why boxing is the shadiest sport in the world.
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6/22/12   |   jaysinw   |   4911 respect

Bowing has been a joke for so many years, that it really did not matter who won the fight. There really are no true stars in the sport, a bunch of yammers and has beens.

6/21/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

This was the most predictable thing of all time. Anybody who had the privilege of perspective (TV) had to know Pac Man won.