When you show up to your press conference like this, you either had the best night or worst night of your life.
Depending on how your weekend went, you may or may not have known about the “big fight” that was scheduled for Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jr. Boxing certainly hasn’t had the appeal in recent years that it had under the heavyweights of earlier decades (Tyson and Foreman, and Ali/Frazier before them), but in those years, Pacquiao has certainly been the biggest name, if not the biggest frame. Which is why his loss to Bradley caught many by surprise.
The decision was, well, controversial at best, with many who are familiar with boxing expecting the call to go the other way. Floyd Mayweather, Sr., who knows a thing or two, said that “This one belonged to Pacquiao. I’m calling it like it is.” The scorecards were so wrong, he said, that ”whoever these judges was [sic], they need to find a new job.”
Even their shared promoter, Bob Arum, had the fight going Pacman’s way:
Something like this is so outlandish, it’s a death knell for the sport. This is f—— nuts. I have both guys, and I’ll make a lot of money in the rematch, but it’s ridiculous. You have these old f—- who don’t know what the h— they’re looking at. It’s incompetence. Nobody who knows anything about boxing could have Bradley ahead in the fight.
I’m no boxing expert, but clearly, this one could, and maybe should, have gone the other way. But regardless of whether or not you agree with calling Timothy Bradley the best 147-pound boxer, you have to agree on one thing: Bradley is the biggest tough guy since Teddy Roosevelt. Don’t believe me? Well, according to ESPN:
Timothy Bradley suffered a fractured left foot in Saturday night’s controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao.
Bradley’s manager, Can Dunkin, also said Sunday that Bradley’s right ankle is twisted and swollen.
Bradley, who attended the post-fight news conference in a wheelchair, said he heard his left foot snap in the second round. In the fifth, he injured his right foot.
Despite the injuries, Bradley continued and went on to win a highly controversial split decision to claim the WBO welterweight title and end Pacquiao’s seven-year unbeaten run.
That’s right, Timothy Bradley won his title after twelve rounds, on an ankle that broke in the second.
Boxing fan or otherwise, that is immensely impressive. The decision may have been wrong, but you can’t fault Bradley or his will to win. Now we wait for the rematch.
Stick around this morning, as Matt and Drew will be by with the show thread to talk about jumping out of planes, among other things. Just make sure your tandem jumpers by you dinner first, fellas.
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