I was listening to the BS Report (Bill Simmons' ESPN Podcast) today, and he raised an interesting point: perhaps Pacquiao knew he was going to lose.
For starters, his reaction to the announcement was not outrage, or even obvious shock, but a sort of resigned acceptance. Freddie Roach-Pacquiao's trainer-also remained relatively composed after hearing the decision. Plus, to the best of my knowledge, neither Pacquiao or Roach have commented on the robbery.
Another point raised was the obvious payday Pacquiao stands to gain from a rematch, along with any under the table money he could've received for not finishing Bradley-an undermanned, essentially powerless fighter with a broken foot and a sprained ankle. Along the same lines, what if Pacquiao had no choice in the matter-if, say, Promotor Bob Arum (who has remarkably loaned Pacquiao money in the past to cover gambling debts) or someone else involved in a potential fixed match had evidence of PED use by Pacquiao and threatened to expose him if he didn't cooperate?
I'm not a boxing fan or generally a tinfoil-hat type of guy; that said, none of the above points stand out to me as being more bizarre than 2 of the 3 judges scoring the fight for Bradley.
What do you think?
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