RING ignores Pacman’s controversial defeat
MANILA, Philippines – The RING Magazine has decided to ignore Manny Pacquiao’s contentious defeat to Timothy Bradley over the weekend.
The magazine, widely considered as “the bible of boxing,” said Pacquiao remains tied with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in its pound-for-pound list despite the Filipino’s defeat to Bradley.
“In the end… the Editorial Board decided to break from tradition and do what we believed was the right thing: Completely ignore one of the worst decisions of our time as it applies to Pacquiao,” said RING editor Michael Rosenthal in his blog.
Normally, fighters get demoted in the list after a loss, no matter how controversial the decision was, according to Rosenthal.
But he said the RING staff believes Pacquiao clearly outclassed Bradley, results notwithstanding.
“He simply doesn’t deserve to be punished whatsoever for something over which he had no control. To take the opposite approach would be giving tacit approval to a shameful performance by the judges,” said Rosenthal.
Pacquiao also retained his No. 1 ranking in the RING’s welterweight list, followed by Mayweather.
Bradley, now the World Boxing Organization welterweight king, broke into the welterweight list at No. 8.
“Bradley enters the welterweight ratings at No. 8 based on a his credible performance against one of the two highest-rated fighters and also remains No. 1 at junior welterweight until we’re clear on his future at that weight,” said Rosenthal.