"I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous."
June 11, 2012 8:19 AM Subscribe
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On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao
, widely acknowledged as one of the top two pound-for-pound fighters
in professional boxing, was defeated by Timothy Bradley
in a controversial split-decision
. HBO's long-time unofficial ringside scorer, Harold Lederman, called the outcome "a crime."
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum
, who represents both Pacquaio and Bradley, was the immediate target of suspicion by some boxing observers
, who noted that he would benefit financially from a rematch. A photograph of a poster promoting for Pacquaio-Bradley II was tweeted by Bradley eleven days prior to Saturday's fight
For his part, Arum has claimed outrage at the decision, and called for an independent investigation of the judging process
The announcement of the Pacquaio-Bradley matchup failed to electrify boxing fans
, who still pine for a superfight between Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
(who is currently serving a three-month jail sentence for beating his ex-girlfriend
). Arum is blamed
for preventing the fight in order to keep from sharing revenues with Mayweather, who controls his own promotions employing a unique business model