By Frank Warren
ANOTHER big fight night and another controversial decision.
Last Saturday Timothy Bradley pulled off a major shock when he became the first man to beat Manny Pacquiao in seven years and end his 15-fight unbeaten run.
In Las Vegas, judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross each scored it 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth gave it 115-113 to Pacquiao.
Although Pacman started the fight slowly, from the second to seventh round he took control. But as we’ve seen in Pacquiao’s last four fights he hasn’t found the punch to put them away and it’s gone the distance.
The media and fans worldwide clearly felt that Pacquiao had won but I think some of the controversy surrounding it is way over the top.
Bradley twisted his ankle in the second round, fought all the way and then had to be taken in a wheelchair to the post-fight press conference.
Despite losing his WBO world welterweight title Pacquiao handled it magnanimously by saying: “It’s a fight and I lost. We’ll fight again.”
But Bob Arum, who promotes both boxers, was fuming and said he felt ashamed by the decision being given to Bradley. He said: “I know these guys. They’re honest but need to correct their vision.”
But it was only six months ago we were talking about how Pacquiao was lucky to get the decision against Juan Manuel Marquez in their trilogy when everybody felt that the Mexican had clearly won.
Every time there is a bad decision it seems to be the end of boxing.
Over a decade ago Lennox Lewis’ controversially drew with Evander Holyfield. I thought that it was a close fight and could have gone either way but, at the time, Emanuel Steward said it was ‘disgusting’ and Lewis’ promoter Lou Duva said ‘this is worst decision ever’. But it wasn’t.
People were saying that Amir Khan was robbed of his world titles against Lamont Peterson last year but when you take away the point deductions for Khan’s pushing there wasn’t much in the fight anyway.
I don’t think the Bradley decision will be reversed but a rematch will be ordered. So where does that leave the potential showdown between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather?
Remember it took years before Lewis and Mike Tyson finally met. By the time the fight happened in 2002, Tyson was way past his best.
Many expected Pacquiao’s fight against Bradley to be a warm up for Mayweather but both sides are still miles apart.
MANNY PACQUIAO was not the only one denied by a judge.
Floyd Mayweather, who started a three-month jail sentence at Clark County Detention Centre in Las Vegas at the beginning of the month, requested to be released because of the low-quality food and water and lack of exercise.
He said that it was threatening his health but Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa disagreed.
And prosecutor Lisa Luzaich added: “Where did he think he was going — The Four Seasons?”
DOWN AT RINGSIDE
DERECK CHISORA showed his caring side when he visited the Nordoff Robbins charity and met children and adults they help through music therapy.
Chisora, who takes on heavyweight rival David Haye on July 14 at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground, was touched by the work being done. But he won’t be in a charitable mood when he faces Haye.
TEÓFILO STEVENSON turned down a multi-million dollar offer to turn pro and fight Muhammad Ali in the 1970s saying: “I prefer the affection of eight million Cubans.”
Sadly, the three-time Olympic champ, passed away in Cuba this week at just 60 after a heart attack. The Cuban amateur was truly one of boxing’s greats.