Only one winner if Pacquiao and Bradley meet again
Manny Pacquiao should still be recognised at the WBO welterweight champion in the five months until his rematch with Timothy Bradley after suffering one of the worst cases of a wrong decision in the history of the sport.
The 33 year-old has had a seven-year unbeaten run ended and his fight record tarnished with another loss through no fault of his own and did more than enough to fend off Bradley’s challenge on Saturday night, along with the ensuing return.
I think a full independent inquiry into the scoring of the contest should be opened immediately by the WBO as the outrage surrounding the outcome continues on and even has die-hard fans questioning the integrity of boxing as a result.
I have no doubts that the second fight will take the same pattern as the first when the pair meet again in the needless rematch this coming November as Bradley earns another huge pay packet that is largely as undeserved as his new WBO belt.
The American, 28, could miss out long term though as the belt he now loans from Pacquiao will be returned to the Filipino in good time, whilst the WBO light-welterweight title that he did genuinely hold is now set to pass to interim champion Juan Manuel Marquez.