MANILA, Philippines – There is no way Manny Pacquiao could have lost the fight against newly crowned WBO welterweight king Timothy Bradley, local ring analysts said.
Boxing pundits Ronnie Nathanielsz and Ed Tolentino said Pacquiao was clearly robbed in his split-decision loss to the still-unbeaten American fighter.
“Sinabi nila walang krimen sa Pilipinas ngayon, subalit may malaking krimen doon sa Las Vegas. That was the biggest robbery that I have seen in a long, long time,” said Nathanielsz during his guesting in dzMM.
One of the judges saw the fight 115-113 for Pacquiao, while the other two judges scored it 115-113 for Bradley.
Nathanielsz disagreed with the scoring.
“‘Yung score cards ko, eight rounds to Pacquiao, four to Bradley. And that is by stretching it for Bradley,” he said.
Nathanielsz pointed out that most of Bradley’s attacks were effectively blocked by Pacquiao.
He said even Bradley admitted he was hurt several times during the 12-round title fight.
“These judges, I don't know where they came from, these guys,” said Nathanielsz.
For his part, Tolentino said the Sarangani congressman might have been victimized by “dagdag-bawas” or vote shaving.
“Bradley in no way could have salvaged a split-decision win. Palagay na natin sa palitan sa suntok siya ang dehado, hindi ko alam kung may katarata yung huwes,” he said.
Tolentino said he may have sided with Juan Manuel Marquez during the Mexican’s clash against Pacquiao last November, but this time he believes Pacquiao clearly won over Bradley.
“Ito kahit tulog ka eh, kahit kindergarten, kahit hindi pa nakakatapos ng K+12 alam kung paano i-decide ang laban na ito. They robbed him blind,” he said.
Even foreign boxing analysts saw Pacquiao winning over Bradley.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael said he scored the fight 119-109 for Pacquiao, while Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix had 115-113 also for the Filipino champion.
This was the first time in seven years that Pacquiao lost a fight. The last time he suffered defeat was in 2005 when he lost by unanimous decision to Mexico’s Erik Morales.