Date: 06-10-12 18:16
June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Manny Pacquiao suffered his first defeat in seven years, a split decision to unbeaten Timothy Bradley that enraged fans of the Philippine boxer who’s won world championships in eight weight classes.
“Pac-Man was cheated,” said Karen Selevares, using the nickname of the fighter who’s become a national hero in his Southeast Asian nation and was elected to Congress in May 2010. “They’re probably setting up a rematch,” said the 29-year-old housewife, who took her 6-year-old son to a live screening of the fight two hours ahead of time to get good seats.
A pro-Pacquiao audience at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas reacted with jeers as Bradley, 28, was declared the winner. The American boxer won 115-113 on two judges’ scorecards, while Pacquiao was ahead 115-113 on the third.
Bob Arum, promoter of both fighters, said the two judges who scored the bout in Bradley’s favor should have their eyes examined. Oscar De La Hoya, who lost to Pacquiao in December 2008, wrote on Twitter that Bradley shouldn’t have accepted the victory. Pacquiao landed 253 punches to Bradley’s 159, and out- slugged Bradley 190-108 on power punches.
“I cannot believe what I just saw,” singer Justin Timberlake wrote on Twitter. “Please tell me they read the decision wrong.”