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Roach: Did They Hold The Marquez Decision Against Us?

Manny Pacquiao wants another shot at Timothy Bradley, and next time he doesn't plan to give the him a chance to win over any judges. Pacquiao, considered by many the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, had won 15 straight fights dating back to 2005.

The unbeaten Bradley -- the WBO light welterweight champion -- absorbed punishing blows in almost every round, while rarely appearing able to hurt the Filipino superstar.

Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said he was surprised when the first judge's score was read out, giving it 115-113 to Pacquiao -- which he thought was a little close.

"It wasn't a good start," Roach said. "It wasn't as bad as the other two."

The two other ringside judges scored it 115-113 for Bradley -- prompting a chorus of boos in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao said he was so sure he had won the fight that he wasn't even paying attention when the result was read out.

Roach said he didn't know if Pacquiao's narrow decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in his last fight in November worked against him on this night.

"I'm not sure if our last fight had something to do with it because our last fight was a very close fight and a little controversial.

"Did they hold that against us? I'm not sure," Roach said.

This time, Roach said: "I didn't see that many close rounds."

Roach was heard exhorting Pacquiao to go for a knockout in the 12th round, but he said that wasn't because he thought his fighter was trailing.

"I like knockouts," Roach said.

It was an especially disappointing outcome for Pacquiao given he had hoped for a decisive victory in the wake of his unconvincing win over Marquez.

He came into the fight saying he had been buoyed in body as well as spirit by re-dedicating his life to God, devoting time to Bible study and cutting out pursuits including gambling, drinking and womanizing that had stressed his marriage in the lead-up to his last bout.

While Pacquiao and Roach said the changes had made for far fewer distractions, there was an odd pre-fight episode in which Pacquiao's entry was delayed and Roach said he couldn't find his fighter.

Pacquiao was located in an adjoining room, warming up his cramp-prone calves on a treadmill after watching Miami beat Boston in game seven of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

By the time he made his belated entrance to the ring, Pacquiao appeared to be in full fight mode.

Although Bradley admitted he was impressed by Pacquiao's speed and power, he didn't make enough of an impression on the judges.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lukcyuno on 06-10-2012

Bob Arum thats all i can say pac won the fight easy n should not take the rematch u already won Bob Arum trying to kill the mayweather fight on purpose 115-113 u fukn kiding right? is this possible? i…

Comment by dawge on 06-10-2012

When i heard the first judges scoring i was kind of surprised to hear it was close, then after they scored it for Bradley i knew something was wrong. From my eyes i had Bradley winning only 2 rounds and…

Comment by nj_evoixgsr on 06-10-2012

WTF...PAC was impressive besides not going for the kill. The championship rounds where he took off a bit was annoying. Yet he did more in the time he used than bradley can use in 5 mintues. I personally no longer…

Comment by BesWorldChamp on 06-10-2012

[QUOTE=flint;12225885]now ducquiao knows how marquez felt at the decisons of all 3 fights especially the last one. ha ha ha ha . now bradley gets a very nice rematch check. great for bradley.[/QUOTE] What a fool. I'm not on here…

Comment by NachoMan on 06-10-2012

[QUOTE=mex602;12224876]Yeah but this has to ve the worst robbery ever[/QUOTE] Really?? I only gave Bradley two rounds myself, but even so, I don't find this fight to be anywhere near the [U]worst robbery ever[/U]. It wasn't even the worst robbery…

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