Judges defy belief with Pacquaio v Bradley scorecards
A judging atrocity took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last night as Manny Pacquiao lost a split decision to Timothy Bradley to cast yet another shadow over the system of scoring fights in the United States.
Pacquiao started off slowly, losing the first round on my card, but then proceeded to pummel Bradley up until round six, rocking him numerous amounts of times and looked capable or dropping or stopping the American at times in the first half of the fight.
I defy anyone who gave Bradley any of rounds two through six to give an explanation as to how they did as Pacquiao was easily 59-55 up by the midway point of the fight as I wasn’t even close to giving the challenger any of them.
Then judges Cynthia Ross and Duane Ford are arguing that Bradley won the last six rounds! Something I find absolutely amazing and the only way that the pair could have handed in a 115-113 scorecard.
Something now needs to be done to investigate how these two ‘respected’ judges came to the conclusion they did because the nature of the performance was totally different to what the pair saw transpire in the ring and is the most frustrating thing about the sport we love right now.
If the judges at Pacquiao’s last fight with Juan Manuel Marquez would have come back with those scores then yes, that could have easily have been argued and the Filipino could have taken his loss and then regrouped.
It is the sheer nature of the judging decision that is shocking, not only to me, but to 95% of the boxing world in the wake of the travesty and it is now time for a full review of judging fights in the sport.