#RIPBoxing: Fans around the world disgusted by judges' decision in Pacquiao fight
After Manny Pacquiao lost to American fighter Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), boxing fans the world over ventilated their disgust via Twitter.
Many used the hashtag #RIPBoxing, signifying the impact on the sport of a questionable decision against Pacquiao. The man from Gensan is credited with almost single-handedly reviving global interest in boxing with his masterly skills, charisma, and rags-to-riches narrative.
StevieJ102 was typical: Remember this night. Tonight boxing died. #RIPboxing
Paz was just snide: Judges of the Pacquiao Bradley fight also scored World War 2 a split decision for the Germans.
Pacquiao surrendered his WBO welterweight title to Bradley in a controversial split decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Nearly every analyst in media had Pacquiao winning the bout, some with a lopsided score, citing superiority in punches landed.
It was Pacquiao's first defeat since he lost to Erik Morales in Las Vegas in March 2005, ending the eight-weight division champion's run of 15 consecutive wins.
After the decision was announced, Pacquiao said he respects the younger boxer but that he believes "I won the fight."
Both Pacquiao and Bradley said they were open to a rematch in November this year. Besides, it's in their contract in case Bradley wins.
On Twitter, many fans smelled a conspiracy:
Kirk Gimenez @KirkSNY: "#PacBradley what just happened?!?! Rigged!!! Pacquiao was robbed!!!!! No way Bradley won that fight."
Ben Adler @badler: "This bradley pacquiao decision is insane. Pacquiao dominated this whole fight, landed twice as many punches. Corrupt? Political?"
Railey Valeroso @RaileyValeroso: "Bradley beats Pacquiao by split decision after getting knocked around the entire fight. And you thought the NBA was rigged."
Doug Liquori @Padgoi: "If anyone thinks that boxing isn't fixed after this bogus PacquiaoBradley decision, you're insane. What a joke! Disgraceful!"
ringmagazine Michael: Kellerman is saying credible people at ringside had Bradley winning. If they scored it for Bradley, they're not credible. #boxing"
ringmagazine Michael: "Pacquiao has done so much for the sport; he's the last guy who should've been cheated like this.#boxing"
dougiefischer: "Bob Arum can't believe it. He's shrugging his shoulders to the media -- Timmy getting booed now during post-fight interview #boxing"
ringmagazine Michael: That is without question the worst decision I have ever seen. This is just a disgrace. I'm ready to give up on this sport. #boxing"
dougiefischer: "I've seen it all now. I'm living in Bizarro World. I thought maybe one could argue 116-112 or 115-113 for Pacquiao, but this? #boxing"