By Eric Raskin
There have been bad decisions. There have been bogus decisions. But there has never been one quite this confounding.
When Manny Pacquiao got the controversial nod over Juan Manuel Marquez last November, many of us at ringside and watching on television were furious, but at least we could understand it rationally. Pacquiao was the money guy; we accept, even expect, going in that the money guy might get the benefit of the doubt. What makes Saturday night’s decision in favor of Timothy Bradley so perplexing is that Pacquiao still is the money guy. Pac-Man appeared to dominate the fight, and yet he got robbed. The scoring defied all logic, both in terms of what we witnessed in the ring and what we’ve come to expect from boxing’s politics.
Before we can point fingers and pursue conspiracy theories, however, the first step is to re-examine the fight. I re-watched Pacquiao-Bradley round by round on Sunday morning, to determine for myself whether the 115-113 scorecards in Bradley’s favor from C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, or even the 115-113 card for Pacquiao from Jerry Roth, were somehow justifiable. Here’s what I came up with: