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article imageOp-Ed: Pacquiao loses to Bradley in controversial anticipated decision

By William Charles Baker     Jun 10, 2012 in Sports
Las Vegas - The whispers were getting louder as the fight approached. Boxing insiders were leery and even fans were hearing about calf muscles and new spirituality. Manny Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley for other reasons than what happened in the ring.
Suspicion is high about this fight. Nobody is in a position to accuse anyone of anything because evidence is needed and we don’t have any. That is why there are opinion articles in the news. It would seem that this is a fight that probably should not have happened or been postponed. The absence of Pacquiao from his dressing room before the fight. The waiting on a basketball game to end to ensure another dollar in the mega sports empire in this country. Bad omens before the fight began.
The NewYorkTimes reports: “The fight was expected to start immediately after the Miami Heat’s victory over the Boston Celtics. But Pacquiao could not be found. The ring announcer Michael Buffer introduced celebrities, current champions, former champions and the U.S. Olympic boxing team. Still, no Pacquiao. Finally, there he was, in a room other than his dressing room, on a treadmill stretching his calves in an attempt to avoid the cramping that has troubled him in his past two fights.”
The weighin seemed to show a softer looking Pacquiao which was explained away as keeping more body fat for the fight so cramps would not occur. Seemed like the excuses were building long before the bell rang. The smiles and the rage that we used to see with Pacquiao all now replaced with a halo and look of an out of body experience. It just didn’t seem right.
The LosAngelesTimes reports: “Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts), who weighed in at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, also seemed uninterested. As Bradley taunted him after both fighters had stepped off the scales, Pacquiao only smiled. When asked why, the eight-division world champion answered "well, I'm happy."
With Floyd Mayweather in a jail cell waiting to be released soon it should have been the final step in the start of promoting the biggest fight of the century. Bradley is a good fighter but he is not a great fighter. A moderate puncher with determination that should not have been enough to get him past the middle rounds of the match.
What was the corner of Pacquiao thinking as in the later rounds Bradley threw combinations that mounted up points but was not doing any damage? Were they counting money from the Mayweather fight ahead of time or simply nursing Pacquaio through another payday that seemed easy until the Money man was out of jail?
The 24/7 battle between Freddie Roach the trainer and Alex Ariza the strength and conditioning coach was another clue for the pundits that watch for these types of events. The question of who trained harder physically was answered at the weigh in. Bradley was in body builder condition but body builders were not fighting. Pacquiao proved during the fight that he had the better skills, punching power and game plan but he faded as the fight continued.
Was he in the best physical shape possible before the fight or was he counting on a change in lifestyle and new spirituality to take him the same places that his training used to take him? It is a possibility because the change in public opinion and shifts toward Bradley before the fight were odd in light of his overall skills.
With all those possibilities in mind and the past history of close decisions and love by fans the whispers about slowing down and accepting advice and running his own camp may have come home to claim a victory for Timothy Bradley.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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