Manny Pacquiao Got Robbed Anew By Boxing Mafia

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 07/03/17 11:34PM EDT
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Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao
Jeff Horn vs Manny Pacquiao at Battle of Brisbane. Horn won via controversial unanimous decision.(Photo : Lomachenko ESPN/YouTube)

To many basketball fans and aficionados, the only eight-division world champion Manny 'Pac-Man' Pacquiao was able to successfully defeat his Australian challenger, former Olympian Jeff Horn. Alas, the fight was decided by the judges' mercy. A few minutes after "The Battle of Brisbane" ended, a new WBO Welterweight champion emerges.

Whole World Saw Pacquiao Won Except for Ringside Judges

Hometown fighter Jeff Horn was adjudged the winner of the bout based on the judges' scorecards. According to the three judges of the bout, Horn has won the fight easily: Judge Waleska Roldan scored it 117-111, while judges Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan both had it 115-113 for Horn, as posted by ESPN.

But the judges' scorecards did not reflect what most, it not all, boxing experts, analyst, fans and even pro-boxers themselves have seen. Some say at best what the judges should have scored in favor of Horn is a draw. Even ESPN scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao while ESPN ringside analyst Teddy Atlas had it 116-111 for Pacquiao.

Then even if punch statistics metric were used for judging round by round, the fight still belongs to the fighting pride of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao. According to ESPN, the Filipino landed 182 out of 573 punches or 32 percent; Horn landed just 92 of 625 attempts or 15 percent. Pacquiao also landed more power punches with 123 out of 380 shots or 32 percent while Horn only landed 73 out of 428 or about 15 percent.

Boxing Mafia Still Lives

With the latest controversy surrounding boxing, the question was revived anew: is boxing mafia still alive? If it does, who are the people behind this mafia? Rafe Bartholomew of Grantland had an idea who he this mafia could be - he's no other than Pacquiao's own promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.

In an article here wrote back in 2012, Bartholomew unmasked the person who may have been the brain behind this boxing mafia. The controversial boxing match also involves Manny Pacquiao, but this time he fought against Timothy Bradley Jr.

"According to a conspiracy theory that had been floated and workshopped and all but perfected in the two minutes it took to walk from the arena to an adjacent banquet room for the post-fight press conference, 'that guy' was Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum," Bartholomew wrote. Needless to say, Jeff Horn might soon find his name on Top Rank's fighter list, or else, his reign could be short-lived, thanks to Bob Arum.



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