Manny Pacquiao got screwed.......

Manny Pacquiao got screwed.......

 

On what should have been a bright day for boxing, it ended up as a dark day instead. It was obvious that Manny Pacquiao dominated his fight with Timothy Bradley. I scored the fight 118-110 in favor of Pacquiao. 13 other sports writers scored the fight the same way I did. HBO's Harold Lederman scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao, ESPN's Dan Rafael scored the fight 119-110, and the Associated Press scored the fight 117-112. Notice a pattern here?

Most of the writers at ringside had Pacquiao winning anywhere between 9-11 rounds. Some had Manny winning all 12. I had PacMan winning 9 rounds with the other 3 tied. Pacquiao landed more punches, Bradley got knocked down, got pounded in the corners, and did very little to counter punch. Anyone with a brain who saw that fight knows Manny fought to a sound victory.

So tell me two things: 1. How in the hell did the judges only score the fight 115-113? And 2. How is it that two of those judges scored in favor of Bradley? The three judges for the fight {Jerry Roth, C.J. Ross, and Duane Ford} have made questionable decisions in the past. Jerry Roth had recently come off a fight in which he engaged in questionable scoring.

So this makes me wonder why were these three judges chosen in the first place? It seems like the fix was in from the beginning, and in the aftermath there are a boatload of conspiracy theories being thrown around. The main theory is that Bob Arum the C.E.O. of Top Rank Promotions {The promoter of the fight} was the brainchild behind this scam.

The reason for this theory is that Bob Arum does not want any of his contracted fighters to fight Floyd Mayweather or any other fighter affiliated with Golden Boy Promotions. Golden Boy is run by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya in his heyday was a Top Rank Fighter, towards the end of his career De La Hoya parted ways with Top Rank.

De La Hoya also took Bob Arum to court over money that was supposedly withheld from his winnings. There is definitely some animosity there. Another reason for this theory is that when the moment that Miguel Cotto chose not to re-sign with Top Rank came about, right away he signed to fight Mayweather. When Miguel Cotto expressed interest in fighting Mayweather back in 2008, supposedly Bob Arum would not allow it.

It's also been said that Bob Arum is afraid of Floyd Mayweather defeating his fighters. While this is a plausable theory, I'm not sure how much truth there is to it. In response to this allegation, Bob Arum has said the following: " What the hell were these people watching? ... How can you watch a sport where you don't see any motive for any malfeasance and yet come up with a result like we came up with tonight. How do you explain it to anybody?"

Arum has said that the judges should be investigated and that he has asked the Nevada Attorney General to do so. He also says he should be investigated to prove that he has done nothing wrong. Let's see where this goes {if anywhere} from here. The second theory is that Bradley somehow bribed the judges before the fight.

Now I know that's a load of crap because I've seen Bradley in some of his previous fights, he has all the talent in the world. He doesn't need to bribe anybody. The third theory is that the judges screwed him on purpose because he made everyone wait for the fight to happen. When the fight broadcast hit the air, it was announced that the main event would not take place until after game 7 between the Celtics and Heat had ended.

After that Manny made everyone wait almost another hour to "stretch his calves" according to his trainer Freddie Roach. It's been well documented that Pacquiao in his previous fights has dealt with bad cramping in his legs. This is probably the most realistic theory, but it still does not make it right. Another theory is that somehow Floyd Mayweather Jr. himself was behind it all.

I laugh my ass off every time I hear that. Look, first off the "Money Man" is in jail. He would have to know which judges were assigned to the fight ahead of time. Then he'd have to actually send somebody to MGM Grand to deliver the payment. And unless Mayweather's people bought a ticket, there is no way they are getting access to the arena.

He's already locked up, I don't think he needs another felony charge. The reason for this theory is because there are many {including myself} who feel that Mayweather is dodging Pacquiao. And that by Pacquiao losing, Mayweather has a legit reason not get with in the ring with him.  And the final conspiracy theory is also another possible one.

There are many boxing fans {especially in the Latino community} who feel that Paqcuiao got just what he deserved because they feel that he should have lost his third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last year. As a Latino I must admit that while Pacquiao did have some shaky rounds in that fight, I still had him winning by a couple of rounds.

Yes Marquez did make Pacquiao bleed, yes Marquez did shake Pacquiao to his core, but in the end Pacquiao landed more punches. But whatever the case is, this was not only an injustice to Manny Pacquiao. This was also an injustice to the sport of boxing. And justice needs to be served on this issue. I think there is a way that boxing can start to crack down on this type of corruption.

I think that the sanctioning bodies {WBO, WBA, WBC, IBF etc...} along with the state athletic commissions need to step in and limit the amount of power that promoters have in putting together fight cards. As we all know it's the promoters who run the sport because they are the one's who dish out the money.

If there were a little more oversight into the sport, it would help cut down on the corruption. It may not stop it completely, but every little bit helps. As for where these fighters go from here...... There is no doubt in my mind that there will be a rematch between these two towards the end of the year. If I had to take a guess, I would think that Mayweather would face the winner of the rematch.

And if the rematch is in November as some are predicting, I could see Mayweather fighting one more time in 2011. If Mayweather were to fight somewhere between October and December, I think a rematch with Miguel Cotto would be the best option for him.

In my previous edition of The Locker Room, I talked about the labor situation in the Arena Football League: http://www.chicagonow.com/locker-room/2012/06/is-the-arena-football-league-headed-for-another-labor-dispute/

I have an update on that issue. It would appear that the Arena Football League Players Union is not an active member of the AFL as most players unions are active members of their respective leagues. And the AFLPU's Vice President Ivan Soto, is largely an unheard of individual. I did some digging recently, and I found out that only a few AFL players are actual members of this union.

It turns out that more than half of the AFL players have never actually met Mr. Soto. And also it appears that Soto has used threats and extortion to some degree as he seeks to get a pay increase for the AFL players. It would seem that Mr. Soto is not very well liked or respected by anyone in the Arena Football League.

In response to all of this and in a change from league policy, the Arena Football League issued an open letter to it's fans detailing where the league stands on the labor issue {The AFL has been tight lipped on the matter until now}: http://www.arenafootball.com/news/arena-football-league-open-letter

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