MANILA, Philippines – New World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. believes he defeated Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao eight rounds to four in their clash last June 9 in Las Vegas.
In a stunning upset, Bradley was awarded the victory via split decision over Pacquiao, with two judges, CJ Ross and Duane Ford, scoring it 115-113 in his favor, and Jerry Roth having the same score for Pacquiao.
"I was eight to four," Bradley told his supporters during his homecoming in Palm Springs, California last weekend.
An eight-to-four round advantage translates to a score of 116-112.
Immediately following the fight, Bradley did not seem completely convinced of his victory, telling Mario Lopez in a ringside interview that he has to "watch the tape" to see if he won or not.
A few days after the bout, Bradley announced on his Twitter account that he has reviewed the tape and is convinced he won.
But Bradley is part of the minority as the majority of boxing writers and fight fans believe Pacquiao was the true winner.
According to one poll done by CSN Bay Area, 50 of 53 boxing writers scored the fight in Pacquiao's favor, with some scores as wide as 119-109. Most had Pacquiao winning by at least four rounds.
Bradley does not care about their opinions, however, telling his supporters to "forget all the doubters and the haters."
"There were three judges there that night, three of the top judges in Las Vegas, and one of them, Duane Ford, he basically said, 'Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson,'" Bradley said.
"It really don't matter what anybody say or think. We 29-0 baby, keep hating," he added.
Bradley initially said he will be willing to give Pacquiao a rematch, even announcing on Twitter that the Filipino "will have a chance to get his title back," but this second bout now seems unlikely.
"Let me tell you something. They don't want a rematch... He's not gonna rematch me, guys," he told the thousands of fans who showed up to welcome him back to Palm Springs.
"He's gonna move on. Pacquiao is Pacquiao, he's big, he's got a huge name. He can fight anybody out there," Bradley added.
"I think (Juan Manuel) Marquez is the next guy on his list, and I honestly think Marquez is gonna beat him."
The Pacquiao-Bradley bout is currently being investigated by the Nevada State Attorney General’s office. It is also being reviewed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the WBO.
The immediate response to the decision was overwhelmingly negative, especially on social media.
Many boxing fans subscribed to several conspiracy theories claiming that the fight was fixed, while others said they will stop watching boxing altogether.
Pacquiao, for his part, has asked his fans to accept the result and told them that Bradley was not to blame for the judges' decision.