Maybe the judges for Saturday Night’s Pacquiao vs Bradley fight were upset because Manny made them wait for the Celtics/Heat game to be over, or maybe they were just Floyd Mayweather fans. Either way, there is no legitimate reason for anyone who witnessed last night’s fight to think that Timothy Bradley actually won three rounds, let alone the entire fight.
The vast majority of fight fans and experts alike believed that Pacquiao won the fight, and Compubox numbers seemed to agree, as Manny out-landed Bradley 253-159 in total punches, and landed 39 percent of his power punches to Bradley’s 19 percent.
So if everyone is in agreement that Pacquiao won that fight and the stats seem to back it up, what happened?
The consensus amongst fans posting on social media sites seemed to be that the fight was fixed and the judges had been bought. I am by no means a conspiracy theorist that questions every outcome, but there were a couple of things I noticed that seemed fishy.
Timmothy Bradly opened at a little over a 4.5-1 dog against Pacquiao. Those odds struck me as weird the second I saw them. Pacquiao’s last opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez was a 10-1 underdog on many sites days before their fight.
Even Antonio Maragrito, who was bigger and hit harder than Bradley, was a 5-1 underdog days before the fight. A more appropriate line for the fight should have had Bradley as an 8-1 underdog, for two reasons. He was the smaller fighter moving up in weight and gamblers did not really know anything about him. Sports books will usually entice gamblers to bet an unknown by moving the odds in the bettors favor.
But for whatever reason that never happened, they opened low on Bradley and never moved the line higher. Could they have known something fishy was going to happen?
The Bradley money line moved in his favor a few hours before the fight. Pacquiao was a 4.5-1 favorite earlier in the day and ended as less than a 4-1 favorite as the fight started. Sports books will move a line when bettors start to put a lot of money on something, and try to entice action the other way.
There must have been a lot of last minute money being put on Bradley.
Nobody really knows why the Judges scored the fight the way they did, and in all likelihood the bad decision was a product of poor judging criteria and knowledge about the sport. But what such an absurd decision does is call into question boxing's integrity and drive away fans.