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Mafia in Sports: Boxing - Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley bout was the latest casualty

Updated on June 19, 2013

Mafia in Sports strike again!!!

Most of the banner headlines in sport page of both local and international newspapers and magazines have been berating the decision that came out regarding the Pacquiao versus Bradley boxing bout.

The June 10, 2012 WBO Welterweight Title Fight between 8-time world champion Fili[pino Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and challenger American Timothy Bradley was viewed by boxing afficionados with one thing in mind: that the 12-round bout was dominated by the pugilist from Philippines.

But the two of the three boxing-veteran judges defied the decision and what the public perceived during the whole fight, that Pacquiao dominated the fight.

As promised, the boxing viewers around world were taken by surprise as the controversial verdict reverberated inside the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA amid the booing and disgust of the fans, including international stars, politicians and those who bet for the Pacquiao.

Pacquiao received 115-113 points while Bradley also received a 115-113 for a split decision.

Even the Top Rank Chief Bob Arum dais that the fight was bizarre and unfathomable, heard and posted by mediamen during the postfight press conference.

Rematch was the only hope that Pacquiao could regain that controversial welterweight belt sometime in November this year.

Much talk about the decision made by the three judges, Jerry Roth for Pacquiao (115-113) while the other two judges, CJ Ross and Duane Ford gave it to Bradley.

Credit: rbnstr08 - a blogger from Baguio City, Philippines
Credit: rbnstr08 - a blogger from Baguio City, Philippines | Source

Manny Pacquiao Vs Timothy Bradley Fight Highlights c/o GissaQuid

Public opinion and more

For now, I will share with you the view and opinion of a fellow blogger where I found out the scorecard for that controversial fight.

Mr. Benny Austria had this thing to say regarding the bout.

"Fortunately, a friend at Facebook posted this scorecard of the judges of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. Analyzing the way the judges scored for Bradley, Duane Ford had two rounds that were doubtfully given to Bradley."

Duane Ford had Bradley win in rounds 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
CJ Ross had it for Bradley in rounds 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12
Jerry Roth saw Bradley win in rounds 2, 7, 10, 11 and 12

"Let other boxing judges view it with them to find out how they did the scoring. In basketball, slow motion replay becomes the point of reference when it comes to buzzer-beating winning shots. Slow motion replay will either absolve them or condemn them."

Mafia in Sports still rule!!!

You have to remember what Timothy Bradley said to the American and international media before the 12th round.

"I was told by my corner that uf I win the final round I would win the fight," Bradley said.

He even said that he sustained a sprained left ankle injury as he was ushered by his team carried in a wheelchair while going out the MGM Grand arena.

In retrospect, I was still a cub reporter at the local radio station when I've seen the abrupt downfall of NBA basketball star Michael Jordan, as he switched to baseball during the height of his career.

Later, did we knew, from the media grapevine that the Mafia in America threatened to kill Jordan's father (which they did) if he's going to win the Chicaco Bulls during the championship.

Michael Jordan's father was still killed although, he's not instrumental in the triumph of his basketball team.

Even during the time of famous boxing promoter, Don King, fraud at some of international fights were apparent.

We can see how they, these mafia members in Nevada (the Gambling State in America and of the world) work their sleazy fingers, so that they can control the fight and the betting as well.

There are also some conspiracy theories that cropped up regarding the decision. I slimmed it down to two, being the dominant results from the series of news and opinion aired on the radio and television shows.

  1. One boxing analyst said that it was orchestrated. Bob Arum knew and even Freddie Roach also knew that Manny talked about retiring from his boxing career and just concentrate in local politics or television shows. It is possible that the two Americans connived with the Mafia, so that they can still stage a multi-million bout in November in favor of the Filipino boxer. For sure, they'll earn lots of bucks because it's only Pacquiao who can draw huge audience/spectators at MGM, pay-per-view via satellite and other ads and promotion.
  2. Pacquiao slowed down and showed mercy on Bradley when he saw that he can stop the fight via knockout during the first 4 rounds. Since, he's already a renewed Christian, it is prohibited for him (and as the Bible states) to fight physically and kill his opponent. His overwhelming faith with the Lord gave him compassion to Timothy.

It's only Pacquiao's time that the US Congress was able to push an investigation regarding the controversial fight.

This signals for the creation of Boxing Commission in America as it never happened during the time of Muhammad Ali, the greatest American boxer that also had his moment in 'Thrilla in Manila' in the Philippines. Surprisingly, it was also promoted by the lawyer-boxng afficionado Bob Arum and the then-famous promoter Don King.

As sokbotra (YouTube user) opined:

"That was just an arrangement. It can be seen clearly that it is a business rather than sport. Everybody must be eager want to see the revenge fight between Pacquiao and Bradley, so that the organizers and the two fighters will happily collect money from those idiots."

(With personal writings and opinion from travel_man1971 aka Ireno A. Alcala)


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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @SilentReed: I think, handler in boxing means trainor. His entourage will be his longtime friends or newfound fans who requested to be with him during the training.

      BTW, I even sent a letter to Congressman Pacquiao if he would allow a hubber, like me, to write about his training in Baguio City.

      Unfortunately, my request was not granted due to his 'alalays'.

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      Bob Arum is his boxing promoter. When I speak of his handlers I mean those who accompany him in his training. The last time he was here in Baguio, his entourage consist of more than 30 free loaders. Even his American fitness coach got exasperated with his "alalays"

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Silent Reed: Lackadaisical? This is too foreign to me. Which means, he had no interest on the sport of boxing anymore.

      Well, the official handler of PacMan is Bob Arum (lawyer in real life) and he knows how boxing mafia dominated big events in Las Vegas.

      I also did mention an episode in basketball that featured Michael Jordan crying over the unexpected demise of his father. This is also because of similar mafia in basketball.

      So, Mafia in Sports is an appropriate title of this hub.

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      SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

      Manny was out of shape. His training was lackadaisical. He also had too many handlers. Money obviously did play a part since the fight didn't draw the expected gate receipt. The fight loss money. A return bout would be able to recoup losses of the boxing promoters. Are you referring to the boxing "Mafia"?

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: There's nothing to argue about that. Performance-wise, it's for Manny, but for that night and the Mafia, it's for Timothy.

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      thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

      Manny won that fight. Timothy even admitted that the Filipino had beaten him to the edge.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: Nice analogy. Boxing is another kind of politics and money-making sport.

      We took notice of the controversy but the action to correct it was too late.

      Yes, money in this kind of bloody sport works in a dirty way.

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      earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Manny Pacquiao is the apparent winner of the bout. No doubt about that. It's the politics in boxing that made it dirty, because of money.

      Money triumphed, not Manny. :(