Pacquiao Vs Bradley Was The Fix In

Pacquiao Vs Bradley Was The Fix In
Pacquiao Vs Bradley Was The Fix In - I'm never one to think sporting events are fixed, but what happened last night between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley makes it nearly impossible not to.

Usually I brush away fans who pull this card, but they are right to assume it in this situation.

Pacquiao dominated Bradley Saturday night. Many who saw it believed Pacquiao won by a margin of at least 10-to-2.

Everyone except the judges, the only people who mattered. Conspiracy? Here are a few reasons why the fix could have been in.

Instead of just mentioning how much Pacquiao dominated, let's look at the numbers. According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, boxing experts had Pacquiao winning the fight decisively.

"Yahoo! Sports scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao, the same margin as Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press and Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Dan Rafael of ESPN had it 118-110 for Pacquiao. HBO's Harold Lederman had it 119-109, or 11 rounds to one, for Pacquiao," said Iole.

Pac-Man landed 253 of 751 punches thrown, a connect rate of 34 percent. Bradley only landed 159 of 839, a connect rate of just 19 percent. Pacquiao's shots were much more powerful, too.

Generally, if the fight is close, judges will turn to the number of punches landed as the ultimate difference-maker.

Surprisingly that wasn't the deciding factor here. Hmm.

Bob Arum is the promoter for both Pacquiao and Bradley. He seemed semi-upset after Pacquiao's defeat, but this comment is kind of puzzling. According to Iole, Arum had this to say:

"This is a death knell for boxing, and I'm going to make a ton of money on the rematch," Arum said.

Boxing is about making money, but you would think he would hold that comment for another time, right? Or maybe he wouldn't say it to the media.


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