MANILA, Philippines – Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez believes his greatest rival, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, should have won his world title fight against American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. last Saturday in Las Vegas.
Bradley scored a massive upset when he was named the winner via split decision, taking home Pacquiao’ World Boxing Organization welterweight title in the process.
“I didn’t think the fight was that close,” Marquez said in a Boxing Scene interview.
Two judges -- CJ Ross and Duane Ford -- scored the bout for Bradley, 115-113, while Jerry Roth had the same score in Pacquiao’s favor.
“I think Pacquiao won by at least five points,” Marquez said.
Many in boxing agree with Marquez, as majority of the boxing writers at ringside saw the fight as a comfortable win for Pacquiao.
Boxing fans also believed Pacquiao was the rightful winner, and on Twitter, many of them lambasted both Bradley and the judges for the decision.
Marquez has fought Pacquiao three times and on the scorecards, has never beaten Pacquiao. They fought to a draw the first time, Pacquiao won via split decision in the rematch, and in their trilogy bout last November, Pacquiao escaped with a highly controversial majority decision.
Many felt Marquez was the rightful winner of the trilogy bout, but the Mexican fighter said he was not happy that Pacquiao also experienced his own controversial loss.
“No, it doesn’t make me happy that he lost that way,” Marquez said. “But now he knows how I felt this past November.”
A potential fourth bout between Marquez and Pacquiao will most likely be put on hold, as Pacquiao may instead fight Bradley in a rematch this November.