On Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden, boxing's Superman ran into some kryptonite: three geriatric judges.
Despite the fact that Manny Pacquiao out-punched Timothy Bradley -- Compubox showed Pacquiao landing 253 punches to 159 for Bradley -- the official scorers stripped the Filipino phenom of his welterweight crown.
Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, while judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score.
The highly controversial decision has sparked major outrage.
On Wednesday, the World Boxing Organization announced plans to review the fight. In fact, WBO President Francisco Valcarcel told ESPN that a committee will analyze a replay with five international judges.
I'm not sure if anything will come of this, but it's definitely refreshing to see that some sort of action is taking place.
To not question the judges' decision would be flat out wrong, especially when Ford's alibi is so flawed (via the Las Vegas Review-Journal): "Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly."
Pacquiao threw wildly? Really, Duane?
Bradley is the one who whiffed -- he only connected on 19 percent of his punches!
Let's go ahead and look at all the numbers:
Jabs: Pacquiao -- 63/258; Bradley -- 51/449
Power Punches: Pacquiao -- 190/493; Bradley -- 108/390
Total Punches: Pacquiao -- 253/751; Bradley -- 159/839
Yeeeeeesh. What were those judges thinking?
Again, props to the WBO. Though the review can't erase Saturday's blunder, it's a step in the right direction.
Now let's hope it teaches Ford & Co. that you don't tug on Superman's cape.
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