LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 08: Boxers Manny Pacquiao (L) and Timothy Bradley pose during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
In a bizarre ending to a largely one-sided fight, Timothy Bradley upset Manny Pacquiao, winning an extremely questionable split decision victory with scores of 115-113, 113-115, and 115-113.
The story of this fight is undoubtedly going to be the decision. Over the course of 12 rounds, Pacquiao consistently looked like the better fight. He landed more shots on Bradley, connected with a higher percentage, and seemed to wobble Bradley on a few occasions. It wasn't a particularly close fight, with Pacquiao seeming to be the clear winner. And yet, at the end of the day, Bradley walks away with the decision. It's very hard to justify that result, and will surely add a lot more to the argument that boxing is inherently broken at this point.
In the post-fight interviews, much of the discussion was focused on a possible Pacquiao vs. Bradley rematch later this year, and it seems like that is the clear way to go, as certainly a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight is dead in the water at the moment. But for now, we're left with a very sour taste and one of the most egregious scorings in modern day boxing history.