MANILA, Philippines - It remains a big mystery why the judges in the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley gave the win to the Filipino boxing superstar's opponent, a veteran sports analyst said Monday.
Lawyer Ed Tolentino, who has been covering boxing for more than 20 years, said he is puzzled why one of the judges claimed in a post-fight interview that "Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson."
"Mayroon isa sa mga hurado nagsabi kaya daw sa pananaw niya, nanalo si Timothy bradley, he was able to outbox si Manny Pacquiao. When you say outbox, bonoksing-boksing ka, nilaro-laro ka," Tolentino told TV Patrol.
He said a review of the bout shows that Bradley started hitting Pacquiao from the distance only in the 10th round.
"Pagtingin naman natin sa tape, nagboxing-boxing si Bradley, nung pang-10 round, noong hindi na niya kaya ang mga suntok ni Manny Pacquiao, nag-play safe na siya sa last 3 rounds," Tolentino added.
"Pero iyung first 9 rounds maliwanag naman na nakuha ng ating pambansang kamao, 4-5-6-7 and 9, umalog itong si Timothy Bradley," he said.
"Kaya malaking misteryo hanggang sa ngayon kung saan hinugot ng mga hurado iyung desisyon mula kay Timothy Bradley," he added.
One of the judges who scored it for Bradley, Duane Ford, spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal to defend the way he scored the bout.
"I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson," he told writer Steve Carp. "I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and thought he was throwing wildly."
Ford even gave Round 5 -- seen by many as Pacquiao's best round in the fight -- to Bradley.
Compubox data showed that Pacquiao landed more shots against Bradley.
The Filipino connected on 253 of 751 punches for a 34% accuracy rate. Bradley, meanwhile, landed 159 of 839 for only 19%.
Pacquiao also struck with 190 of 493 power punches thrown for a 39% clip, while his opponent only hit with 108 of 390 for 28%.
48 writers say Manny won; only 3 for Bradley
Veteran American and other foreign media scribes and broadcast journalists who watched the fight had Pacquiao winning, according to Ryan Maquinana of the NBC Sports Group's csnbayarea.com:
Barry Tompkins, Showtime: 119-110 Pacquiao
Harold Lederman, HBO: 119-109 Pacquiao
Ray Markarian, The Sweet Science: 119-109 Pacquiao
Michael Marley, Examiner: 119-109 Pacquiao
Dan Rafael, ESPN: 119-109 Pacquiao
Vittorio Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle: 119-109 Pacquiao
Michael Woods, The Sweet Science: 119-109 Pacquiao
Ramon Aranda, 3 More Rounds: 118-110 Pacquiao
Mario Cabrera, Boxing Republic: 118-110 Pacquiao
Nigel Collins, ESPN: 118-110 Pacquiao
Mike Coppinger, Ring Magazine: 118-110 Pacquiao
Ace Freeman, Fight Fan: 118-110 Pacquiao
Rich Marotta, KFI Los Angeles: 118-110 Pacquiao
Kelsey McCarson, The Sweet Science: 118-110 Pacquiao
Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing: 118-110 Pacquiao
Pete O’Brien, USA Today: 118-110 Pacquiao
Eric Raskin, Grantland: 118-110 Pacquiao
Michael Rosenthal, Ring Magazine: 118-110 Pacquiao
Colin Seymour, Examiner: 118-110 Pacquiao
Ryan Songalia, Ring Magazine: 118-110 Pacquiao
Ryan Burton, Boxing Scene: 117-112 Pacquiao
Scott Christ, Bad Left Hook: 117-111 Pacquiao
Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press: 117-111 Pacquiao
Gareth Davies, London Daily Telegraph: 117-111 Pacquiao
Doug Fischer, Ring Magazine: 117-111 Pacquiao
David Greisman, Boxing Scene: 117-111 Pacquiao
Jorge Hernandez, The Low Blow: 117-111 Pacquiao
Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports: 117-111 Pacquiao
Robert Littal, Black Sports Online: 117-111 Pacquiao
Steve Kim, Max Boxing: 117-111 Pacquiao
Ryan Maquiñana, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: 117-111 Pacquiao
David Mayo, MLive: 117-111 Pacquiao
Kieran Mulvaney, HBO: 117-111 Pacquiao
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times: 117-111 Pacquiao
Chris Robinson, Boxing Scene: 117-111 Pacquiao
Cliff Rold, Boxing Scene: 117-111 Pacquiao
Champ Ross, Da Truth Boxing: 117-111 Pacquiao
Luis Sandoval, Boxing Scene: 117-111 Pacquiao
Jonathan Sakti, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: 117-111 Pacquiao
Tim Starks, Queensberry Rules: 117-111 Pacquiao
Richie Tomassini, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: 117-111 Pacquiao
Darren Velasco, 8 Count News: 117-111 Pacquiao
Rick Reeno, Boxing Scene: 116-112 Pacquiao
George Willis, New York Post: 116-112 Pacquiao
Steve Zemach, Queensberry Rules: 116-112 Pacquiao
Armando Alvarez, Telemundo: 115-113 Pacquiao
Jake Donovan, Boxing Scene: 115-113 Pacquiao
Lem Satterfield, Ring Magazine: 115-113 Pacquiao
Thomas Hauser, HBO: 115-114 Bradley
Bart Barry, 15 Rounds: 116-115 Bradley
Brian Kenny, Top Rank: 116-112 Bradley
TOTAL: Pacquiao 48, Bradley 3.
Arum wants probe
The fight's promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, admitted in an ABS-CBN interview earlier Monday that many fight fans have expressed concern that the Pacquiao-Bradley bout was fixed because of the judges' verdict.
He promised to have the US Attorney General to investigate the decision.
"We are going to ask the Attorney General to investigate the entire situation because what happened last night in Las Vegas with the scoring was an absolute outrage and we have to have a thorough and complete investigation to determine how something like this could happen and who is responsible," he told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda."