Were Pacquiao and Bradley Players Themselves in a 'Conspiracy' in Sin City?

There seems to be a looming exodus of boxing fans in the direction of other combat sports like MMA and Muay Thai. For obvious reasons, Top Rank and Las Vegas don't want this to happen; as such a general cleaning in the boxing house is a necessity the soonest time possible.
      Now almost a week removed from that Sunday shocker when Manny Pacquiao was rendered  his first defeat in seven years in the hands of Timothy Bradley, boxing-loving people all around the globe still emerge as if they would  be having real hard time, for years, shaking off their heads the confusion brought forth by Bradley's victory in the eyes  of those two judges who scored the fight – in deep contrast with popular opinion - in favor of  the undefeated American prize fighter.  

            Across the spectrum of the boxing populace: active and former participants of the sports alike, local and international celebrities, sports media, a legion of coaches, and the common folks are in the consensus that Manny Pacquiao was the true victor. "It was not even close," Lenox Lewis, the British former long time conqueror of the heavy weight division would declare. Truth to tell, Pacquiao landing the far superior punches – in the number of clear hits counted and damages inflicted – is crystal clear, even in the eyes of the most innocent of kids, leave alone the strength of the statistical data gathered from the fight which shows Pacquiao winning in all departments except for the total number of punches thrown. But in boxing punches that hit nothing but air or the opponent's gloves at least, are not supposed to be counted. Effective and non-effective aggression being two different things is conventional wisdom.

            But in what appears to be a terrible instance of conclusion-making conflict - objective and subjective –the official judges declared Bradley the winner, picking up Pacquiao's WBO welterweight world championship belt in the process. A boxing controversy of massive magnitude thus ensued largely because of the lofty profile of the fight. Bradley is a fast rising star who has been wrecking havoc of his own in the welterweight division while Pacquiao, now a boxing legend from the Pacific island country of the Philippines, is truly phenomenal being the first fighter throughout boxing history to have ever captured eight world championships in eight different weight divisions thus his dominion over the pugilistic world for years now.  Perhaps it would take a hundred years before somebody else is able to duplicate such a towering human feat in athletics. Now Pacquiao's transcript of records is a bit tainted caused by his latest loss, albeit, arguably an undeserved one.

The most popular accusatory claim is that the ageless boxing promoter, Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank Promotions, did a trick of hands and loaded the exclusive table for the judges with people who were willing – on the condition of huge monetary gain – to twist the result of the fight in favor of Bradley should the fight goes the full 12-round stretch, ensuring the rematch which is apparently set for November. Another tons of money coming, isn't it. With Mayweather doing his time for domestic violence, it looks like a scarcity of a feasible opponent for Pacquiao after Bradley is in the offing. Businesswise, Pacquiao-Bradley II   will hit the market big time one and again believing that Pacquiao is out for revenge and gunning for a definitive knockout victory.  Allegedly, this appears to be the hidden agenda of people - from Top Rank or from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for that matter - who perpetuated the great 'boxing injustice' of 2012.

Because of the huge money element involve if and when the two fighters are made to face again in a   grudge rematch, the quiet absurd yet a bit probable people's hypothesis claiming that Pacquiao and Bradley were part of the 'machination', if any, makes some sense at the barest minimum. A primary requirement for the rematch to happen is a Pacquiao defeat.  Did the people's champion give up the fight? Judging from his performance, evidently many levels inferior in comparison to his previous exploits though – Pacquiao's years in active ring battle is beginning to take a toll on him, maybe – it is quite hard to tell he was giving up the fight to Bradley as he was smashing the face of his challenger with his trademark venomous left straights for the majority of the rounds, eight rounds, at least. Ergo, such a scandalous plot is close to being impossible for a fighter of Pacquiao's accomplishments and character.  In fairness to Bradley, he had no reason to be involved in the alleged conspiracy either.  The reason goes without saying, he needed to win, badly, and he knew what it means to hold a win against the current pound-for-pound king.

Pacquiao's complacency over his defeat is neither quizzical as it was expected for anyone else on his shoes.  He was quite aware that the loss is not going to disturb his status as a fighter anyway. In sports an official loss which is fervently denounced by the international public is at times sweeter than victory itself. Such is the case of Pacquiao and  as  long  as the same man is put in front of him the next time around he  is confident   it wouldn't  be long hard work to regain the small parcel of glory that he lost. It is sweeter as well than a second conquest over a similar opponent.  Furthermore, Pacquiao appeared to be undisturbed just after the fight results announcement because it might have quickly occurred to him that it was one rare chance of him to show to the world how equally graceful he is in defeat.

This is not to declare that the outcome of Pacquiao-Bradley should be simply put away

and let everyone move on with their lives; injustice has been primarily committed against mainstream boxing fans who set aside a fair amount of their hard - earned money in support of boxing only to end up insulted by such a highly dubious form of officiating that borders on literal robbery in broad daylight. In disappointment, not a few boxing fans has bid farewell from the sport boxing without qualms.  So there seems to be a looming exodus of boxing fans in the direction of other combat sports like MMA and Muay Thai. For obvious reasons, Top Rank and Las Vegas don't want this to happen; as such a general cleaning in the boxing house is a necessity the soonest time possible.  



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