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Timothy Bradley Attends Conference In Wheelchair After Beating Pacquiao - Bloody Elbow Is Bob Arum Behind The Timothy Bradley Decision Win Over Manny Pacquiao? - Bloody Elbow
TImothy Bradley attended the post fight press conference of his biggest victory to date - a win over the pound for pound great Manny Pacquiao, in a wheelchair. Bradley reportedly damaged his foot during the fight and may have been fighting injured. This news further complicates the storm of controversy around the Bradley - Pacquiao meeting. |
According to Bradley manager Cameron Dunkin, x-rays show Bradley has a left foot fracture. No fracture on the right, just a lot of swelling
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Reportedly Bradley felt his left foot break in the second round but fought on through the pain, only to injure his right foot in the fifth round.
This certainly makes his performance against one of the most dangerous punchers, and complete fighters in the world in Manny Pacquiao all the more impressive, but adds fuel to the fire of debate over the bout's result. It seems unlikely that a man with two injured feet, one fractured, would be able to put on a performance of such technical subtlety that only two of the three ringside judges could see it.
Pacquiao vs Bradley results: Boxing is dead? Corrupt decision doesn't fool me - MMAmania.com
In trying to understand the inexplicable split decision win for Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao last night the phrase "follow the money" keeps jumping into my head. I'm not scholar enough to know if that quote comes from Vladimir Lenin or Woodward and Bernstein, but I do know that where ever something fishy is going on involving millions of dollars that somebody is probably up to something and the most suspicious somebody is the one who stands to make the most money. |
In the case of Pacquiao vs Bradley, that someone is Top Rank promoter Bob Arum who handles both fighters. Word is that Arum was likely to lose Pacquiao in 2013 but a Bradley win triggers a contractually mandated rematch that Arum will promote.
Arum talked to ESPN after the fight, was he crying crocodile tears?
Here's what Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook has to say:
"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight. |
"I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous," he said.
Also, Arum not only doesn't have to hear "Mayweather-Pacquiao" again for the rest of 2012, but he doesn't have to deal with that damned Juan Manuel Marquez and his demands and ego, either. He's got another Top Rank vs Top Rank fight for November. I'm not accusing him of anything. I'm saying as a promoter, he can't really be that unhappy with what's going down here. There's a lot of potential upside if they figure out the right approach.
Well, here's the deal. Arum says he's concerned about the credibility of the sport, but whatever. The sport's credibility has probably been in the crapper for long enough at this point that it probably is more akin to a long-term floater than a fresh turd in the bowl.
ESPN's Teddy Atlas has the most in-depth and outrageous take on Arum's potential malfeasance, we'll hear from him after the jump.
From the video of Teddy Atlas laying out his theories (thanks to Bad Left Hook for transcribing):
I should note that not every outside observer thought it was a clear win for Pacquiao. Norm Frauenheim of the New York Times summed up the fight like this:
"I'm not sure if it's accurate that Pacquiao was about to leave one of the kingpins of the sport, Bob Arum. His contract was running out. But I think it was. And when that happens, sometimes funny things happen. But the bottom line is, if you're an honest man, if you're a competent person that knows what he's watching, Pacquiao won that fight. Only one man won that fight. And, you know, he doesn't get the decision. It's an injustice to the sport, injustice to the fighters, injustice to the fanbase. It's one of the fallacies. It's one of the problems with the sport of boxing right now is that the wrong guy wins sometimes." |
"I think I touched on it a moment ago, the possibility that he might not be signing up with the power broker, Bob Arum. I mean, look, the worst thing you can say about the sport is it's either corruption or incompetence. If it's incompetence, that should be corrected. That the judges that control the destiny of these fighters, fighters that leave a part of themselves in the ring quite often when they leave the ring, like Frazier and Ali did in those great, epic fights. There's less of themselves when they leave that ring. That's a great responsibility, to make sure you get it right as judges. And a lot of times, unfortunately, the judges, they just don't get it right. They don't know what they're watching. In this case again, they don't know what they're watching, at the very best. Which is a sad thing to say, that at the best they didn't know what they were watching, and at the worst they were influenced by other outside forces."
The frustrating thing is this: barring a massive investigation we'll never know if there was corruption involved in the Timothy Bradley win over Manny Pacquiao but we will know that Bob Arum is crying all the way to the bank.
Bradley overcame Pacquiao's advantage in speed over the first six rounds with head-rocking power that eventually left Pacquiao, a Filipino congressman, looking tired and slow.
Let's get this out and in the open from jump street. |
I didn't watch last night's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
After three straight weekends of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events and a couple more to follow, I was needing a bit of a combat sports reprieve, and more than that, my lady friend would have likely killed me if I spent another evening in front of my laptop watching two guys beat the tar out of each other.
So the two of us had a date night, eating Chinese food, drinking whiskey and watching Stephen King's "IT." Spoiler alert: The Loser's Club kill Pennywise at the end.
I kept up with the fight through Twitter and midway through the 12-round bout, it looked like the Filipino champion was on his way to handily defeating Bradley, perhaps even stopping the challenger.
Consider my surprise when fellow Maniac Geno Mrosko messaged me to break the news Pacquiao had lost via split decision. My Twitter timeline -- and the entire social media network for that matter -- was flooded with outrage and claims boxing was finally, in fact, dead. Everyone from UFC President Dana White to Snoop Dogg and even reality show harlot Kim Kardashian weighed in on the subject.
If boxing is dead, why can't anybody stop talking about it?
Was the fight a robbery?
As mentioned earlier, I haven't watched the bout, but men smarter than myself when it comes to the sweet science all agree Pacquiao was on the business end of a screwjob so I will defer to them.
Bad decisions have always -- and grin and bear it, will always be -- part of combat sports. Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans see wonky decisions all the time and boxing, despite its longer and more storied history, isn't immune to the same chicanery.
Was the fix in?
If you watched the fight or not, there's no way to know this for certain. Sure, boxing fans slapped on their tinfoil hats almost immediately and began clacking on their keyboards, but people also believe the moon landing was staged and Elvis Presley is having Mai Tais with 2Pac on a desert island somewhere.
One thing is for certain, however, and it's no one can stop talking about this fight. Boxing isn't dead ... far from it. People still care about pugilism. That's evident from the outpouring of rage over last night's decision.
The rematch will be an excuse for Pacquiao's promoter Top Rank to print money. Pacquiao/Bradley II will do huge, insane business.
And just about everyone who swore off boxing last night will tune in, hoping to see "Pac Man" get the win they feel he should have gotten last night.
When something like this happens, it reminds me of how far the sport of MMA and the UFC have come and how much further it could go.
There wasn't this kind of outrage when Forrest Griffin bested Quinton Jackson or when Frankie Edgar took the Lightweight Championship off B.J. Penn. Not to upset any fellow MMA fans. but those were small potatoes compared to this. This is literally a cultural phenomenon. It's just about all anyone wants to talk or read about.
And I didn't even watch the fight.
There are many paths to freedom....not all are peaceful.