The 3 blind mice give a controversial split decision victory for Bradley vs Pacquiao

June 9, 2012 Bradley controversial split win vs Pacquiao

WBO with a 5-man panel reviews the fight June 18, 2012 and scores it for Pacquiao but the original decision stands
WBO with a 5-man panel reviews the fight June 18, 2012 and scores it for Pacquiao but the original decision stands | Source
Judge Duane Ford
Judge Duane Ford
Lady Boxing Judge C.J Ross looks at Bradley
Lady Boxing Judge C.J Ross looks at Bradley
Jerry Roth, extreme right
Jerry Roth, extreme right
an enlarged Pacquiao-Bradley fight score sheet of this type is available in the web.
an enlarged Pacquiao-Bradley fight score sheet of this type is available in the web.

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Borrowing Bob Arum’s words, the “3 blind mice” judges Jerry Roth, Duane Ford and C. J. Ross handed the hard-to-swallow WBO welterweight belt to Californian boxer Tim “Desert Storm” Bradley (Timothy Ray Bradley Jr.) at the expense of the world’s first 8-division champion, a Filipino Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao) via split decision on June 9, 2012 at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Referee Robert Byrd and supervisor Istvan Kovacs are silent on the matter.

The 3 judges scoring the fight ringside gave their verdict after Round 12:

  • · Duane Ford - - - 115-113 for Bradley
  • · C.J. Ross - - - 115-113 for Bradley
  • · Jerry Roth - - - 113-115 for Pacquiao

The boxing world was stunned upon hearing the verdict SPLIT DECISION win for Bradley. Unlike other and former boxing matches where spectators hurry up to go home after a fight, this time they remained seated, home viewers glued to TVs visibly waiting for possible correction or clarifications.

The world was one, regardless of color, race and creed, that it was Pacquiao over Bradley, who gathered the most and telling blows. People find it hard to believe and swallow the decision. They were robbed right before their very eyes a golden milestone in boxing history.

My search reveals the following facts about the judges who stir the hornet’s web of controversy:

  • Duane B. Ford was born on Jan. 11, 1938, a US American judge with the NSAC (Nevada State Athletic commission). His hometown is listed Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (see photo). Ford, 74, explains: "Bradley gives Manny a boxing lesson. I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly."
  • C. J. Ross is Cynthia J. Ross a female boxing judge who is a US American residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (see photo) CJ Ross, opted not to return calls or comment.
  • Jerry Roth was born on May 12, 1941. He is an active American boxing judge based out of the State of Nevada. He received wide criticism in 2012 for his 116-112 score in Brandon Rios vs. Richard Abril. Despite being the only judge to rule in favor of Manny Pacquiao, he along with the other judges received wide criticism for the scoring of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley. (see photo). The 71-year old Roth said: "I'm looking for effective aggressiveness. I thought Pacquiao won a lot of the early rounds, and I thought Bradley came on in the end. That's why I gave Bradley the last three rounds. But I still thought Pacquiao had done enough to win."

Related commentaries:

  • Pacquiao: “I don’t listen to the announcer because I believe I won [on] all the judges’ [cards].”
  • Arum is quoted as saying: “Can you believe that? Unbelievable. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, ‘I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy”.
  • Freddie Roach: “It’s outrageous! I think the judges who saw it for Bradley should be expelled. I don’t blame Bradley. It’s not his fault. Who can agree with that kind of decision?…”
  • Ringside announcer Mario Lopez tweeted: “I’m so disgusted. The JUDGES need to be drug tested! What fight were they watching? Pacquiao simply outclassed him. Wasn’t even close in my eyes. Unbelievable. So disappointed in my sports. Boxing is killing me.”
  • InterAKTV: Compubox statistics show that Pacquiao landed 190 of 493 power shots, compared to just 108 of 390 punches for Bradley, who won the fight on a split decision. Pacquiao landed a total of 253 of 751 punches, while Bradley was 159-of-839.
  • Ringside announcer Mario Lopez tweeted: “I’m so disgusted. The JUDGES need to be drug tested! What fight were they watching? Pacquiao simply outclassed him. Wasn’t even close in my eyes. Unbelievable. So disappointed in my sports. Boxing is killing me.”
  • Former world champion Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield condemned it as the worst verdict they had ever seen.
  • Teddy Atlas: …”It was clear as day that Pacquiao was the better fighter, whether visually speaking or points-wise. There were millions of judges at home who could've made that decision without having watched a day of boxing in their lives”.
  • Grantland editor Rafe Bartholomew: "According to the conspiracy theory, Pacquiao's loss to Bradley solved the problem of finding Manny a November opponent. Instead of force-feeding the public a fourth Marquez fight, Top Rank can stage the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch, and they can reasonably expect the fight to generate greater profits than the first one, since Bradley's public profile will grow and boxing fans will be keen to watch Pacquiao attempt to set the record straight with a knockout,"
  • Ray Brewer, Las Vegas Sun: “Bradley made headlines earlier in the week at a pre-fight press conference when he confidently held up an oversized ticket for a Nov. 10 fight against Pacquiao, which would only happen if Bradley won to trigger a rematch clause in the contract. Looks like he was right in an upset for the ages — Bradley closed as a +380 betting underdog, meaning gamblers made $380 for every $100 bet on Bradley”.
  • Inquirer sports: Irish betting site refunds pro-Pacquiao gamblers.
  • De La Hoya, Mayweather Sr. say Pacquiao clear winner
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaking from jail:“I feel like Pacquiao won the fight but I am not going to sugarcoat nothing. The last fight belonged to Marquez, this one belonged to Pacquiao. I am calling it like it is.”
  • Possible Outcome: If an investigation is made on the Pacquiao loss and no corruption is established, Bradley’s win will be upheld but the judges could be suspended. Only if corruption is established could there be the possibility of nullifying Bradley’s win. (Joaquin Henson, PhiStar.com)
  • To support inquiry into the Pacquiao-Bradley imbroglio, US Senator Harry Reid said Tuesday "It's an inexact science. From all the reports that I've seen by people on the outside who saw the fight, who attempted to be fair and judge the fight, Pacquiao won the fight."

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