By Ludwig Daza
Tim Bradley promised to shock the world when he fights Manny Pacquiao. He delivered after the fight; during the fight he did not. I thought the challenger should take the fight to the champion and convincingly defeat him to get the nod of the judges. Alas, the judges brushed aside that conventional wisdom of judging and made Pacquiao’s path to greatness a bit interesting.
This decision could be boon or bane for Pacquiao. Except for the Juan Manuel Marquez fight, the Pacquiao Express was cruising at full speed. Then Bradley got in the way. Brash and confident, he’s gotten his wish of a rematch. No question about it, there’s going to be a rematch as predicted by the man himself – Tim Bradley, the second coming of Erik Morales. The only fighter to defeat Pacquiao since Erik Morales, Tim Bradley is on top of the world right now. He has just dethroned a living legend.
On a different perspective, Pacquiao’s recent defeat could embolden Mayweather to ditch his crazy PED’s accusation and agrees to fight Pacquiao once and for all. Methinks, Mayweather fight would come ahead of the rematch, because a second defeat in the hands of Bradley would be anathema to an unprecedented pay per view records.
Fans are not convinced of Bradley’s victory, neither they are convinced of Pac’s performance. Interest in Pacman’s fight is waning, and this is because his previous three fights failed to lived up to expectations. But, because the win by Bradley is dubious, the expected pay per view earnings of Pac vs Mayweather can still be salvaged.
This fight with Bradley generated so much interest and high expectations from Pacquiao. The so called transformation from sinner to bible quoting fighter, the presence of his sons for the first time in the MGM to watch him live, the marital bliss that was absent in his previous fight with Marquez, and the supposed focus of Pacquiao, and because of these circumstances, and the fact that Bradley lacks punching power, fans were expecting a fight nothing less than spectacular. And what did the fans get in return? Another letdown just like the fight with Marquez.
As for Pacquaio, judging by his demeanor, he was not as bitter as he was when he was being interviewed after his defeat in the hands of Erik Morales. This guy is much more comfortable right now with what he’s accomplished in life. If the judges saw it that way so be it. His only lament is that Bradley reneged on his promise to fight toe to toe. In fact before the fight and after the stare down, he wished that Bradley would translate his aggressiveness in the ring. He would not get his wish. But Bradley would live to fight another big payday – his wishes for him and his family were answered – by another dubious decision.
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