Bob Arum: “In all the years that I have been in boxing I’ve never seen a more ridiculous decision”

June 11, 2012 – 10:45 am by Chris Fedor

Bob Arum and people all around boxing have summed up what happened Saturday night between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley perfectly already. It was an absolute travesty. It was an injustice to the sport, to the fighters and to all of the fans that spent money on the fight. For 12 rounds Manny Pacquiao overmatched and out-classed Timothy Bradley and a few times it looked like Bradley’s legs turned to jelly as he was staggered by Pacquiao. The final punch numbers showed a dominant performance by Pacquiao but it didn’t take the CompuBox numbers to realize who the better fighter was. All it took was common sense and a good set of eyes. One of the two, if not both, were lacking from the judges Saturday night. After 12 rounds, it was clear that Pacquiao won the fight and his winning streak was set to reach 16. Then the announcement was made after the scorecards were handed in. Timothy Bradley was awarded a split decision win over Pacquiao and the judges gave the sport of boxing yet another black eye and the conspiracy theories will pick up even more steam.

Bob Arum joined Fox Sports Radio with Ben Maller and Tom Looney to talk about the decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, why Pacquiao didn’t just knock out Bradley to take the fight out of the hands of the judges, on Bradley holding up a poster of a rematch on May 29th, how common it is to have a rematch scheduled before a fight even takes place, if a decision like this will generate more interest when the rematch comes around and whether it can be spun that this kind of decision is good for boxing because it has people talking about the sport.

On the decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight:

“We know the decision was ridiculous. We know that Pacquiao won the fight at worst ten rounds to two. In all the years that I have been in boxing I’ve never seen a more ridiculous decision. That being said we now have to determine who was responsible for this terrible result and that’s why I’ve asked the Attorney General’s office in Nevada to do a thorough investigation because people think the worst, that somehow it’s the promoter who wanted this result to happen to get a rematch. That is just not true but the only way that can be determined is a complete and thorough investigation of the circumstances around this horrible, ridiculous, absurd decision.”

On why Pacquiao didn’t just knock out Bradley to take the fight out of the hands of the judges:

“If Bradley had continued to fight as aggressively as he had fought in the earlier rounds Manny would’ve knocked him out probably but Bradley eased up in the last three rounds and once a fighter eases up he becomes very difficult to knock out.”

On Bradley holding up a poster of a rematch on May 29th:

“We put him up to that and we did that for great publicity, little realizing that it might come to fruition.”

How common it is to have rematches in place before a fight even takes place:

“Of course. Every one of Pacquiao’s fights, against (Shane) Mosley and against (Miguel) Cotto. (Host: Same thing with Ali’s fight back in the day?) Yeah we have an option to do a rematch. It’s nothing new.”

Whether this kind of result could create more interest in a rematch:

“That’s something to be determined because if Manny’s hand had been raised in victory as it should’ve would there have been interest in seeing another fight with Bradley? The answer is probably not very much interest. Because of this crazy decision would there be interest? Probably more interest but I don’t know how much.”

Whether it can be spun that this kind of result is better for the sport because now people are talking about boxing:

“Anything can be spun. We know that from our great politicians. I don’t really know. Everybody on the promotion was rooting for the Celtics to win the sixth game so there wouldn’t be a seventh game on Saturday. The Heat won the sixth game so now there was a seventh game. We took lemons and made it lemonade because we showed Pacquiao watching the game on television, ESPN publicized that we wouldn’t start the fight till after the game was over. We probably picked up 100,000 buys that way. Who knows? Spin is wonderful.”

Listen to Bob Arum on Fox Sports Radio here

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  1. 26 Responses to “Bob Arum: “In all the years that I have been in boxing I’ve never seen a more ridiculous decision””

  2. NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer should be investigated with the rest of them. It was obviously rigged and he won’t even investigate it? I will not be watching a rigged rematch much less Pay Per Viewing it.

    By onejn416 on Jun 11, 2012

  3. what the hell, everyone knows manny won that fight they need to overrule the decision and give the title to the righteous boxer!!!

    By ofelia teneyuque on Jun 11, 2012

  4. yes this is crap totally rigged,i call it bs, no way not throwing my money away on rigged fight either.

    By ofelia teneyuque on Jun 11, 2012

  5. refund refund refund refund refund

    By rockshots on Jun 11, 2012

  6. AMERICA is BEAUTIFUL,LAND of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE,for who? for PACMAN or bradley? I hope MANNY PACQUIAO is an AMERICAN…

    By vincent love on Jun 11, 2012

  7. Call it corrupt or call it incompetence
    Boxing needs to be saved & get the sports out of these shame in the eyes of the world
    These clamor & uproar isnt confined in the US alone….pls do something right now!

    By Regina on Jun 11, 2012

  8. NO MORE BOXING FOR ME UNLESS THEY CLEAN UP THE SPORT OF BOXING AND CORRECT THE DEPLORABLE MISTAKE. I MAY NOT BE THE ONLY ONE BUT THERE COULD BE MORE ON MY COURSE OF ACTION.

    By Kyle on Jun 11, 2012

  9. corruption originated in America, that’s why it should happened anytime and anywhere in America, if this should not be investigated corruption still clings always, America is land of the free but this freedom end up to corruption not only politically but to the sports as well!!!!

    By oyacz on Jun 11, 2012

  10. Include the TV announcer/commentator who was conditioning the minds of the viewers. As early as the 2nd or 3rd round,he was saying that Bradley was leading. And if the Nevada Athletic Commission does not investigate, promoters should be one not to hold any bout in Las Vegas or wherever in that state.

    By gerps on Jun 11, 2012

  11. Corruption was originated in America, that’s why should happened in America, if this should not be investigated, corruption still cling always. America is a land of the free but this freedom end up to corruption, not only in politics but to the sports aw well!!!

    By boyacz on Jun 11, 2012

  12. To reduce the possibility of repeating this scoring made by the judges.STRONGLY SUGGEST ALL BOXING EVENT BE HELD IN DALLAS,NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY OR LONDON BUT NEVER IN LAS VEGAS AS A PROTEST ON THIS INCOMPETENT JUDGING.BOXING JUDGES MUST BE SCREENED, RE-TRAINED ETC.PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION IN AMERICA MUST COME TO HELP, BOXING IS DYING.

    By Reymed on Jun 11, 2012

  13. Not only boxing will suffer for this anomaly but more painfully so to Las Vegas. The corrupt decision should be rectified and belt should be given to rightful winner the soonest possible time before more damage results to the sport and to economy of Las Vegas.

    By Lester Goodman on Jun 11, 2012

  14. Not only boxing will suffer for this anomaly but more painfully so to Las Vegas. The corrupt decision should be rectified and belt must be given to rightful winner the soonest possible time before more damage results to the sport and to economy of Las Vegas.

    By Lester Goodman on Jun 11, 2012

  15. Come on Bob, Please stop singing “let’s pretend”

    By reynaldo david on Jun 11, 2012

  16. More than half of boxing fans know that Arum is all behind it.

    By reynaldo david on Jun 11, 2012

  17. MANNY PACMAN PACQUIAO IS THE BEST OF THE BEST AND THE GREATEST OF ALL BOXERS WHO EVER LEAVE

    By reynaldo on Jun 11, 2012

  18. OMG! this is the first time i have heard so many boxing gans complaining for the corruption in boxing. I think someone or something must be properly done to restore the beauty of this sport. People have spoken. now let us see what happen to this unjustly boxing decision last Saturday’s bout.OMG can’t believe that this is happening to the sport of boxing. let’s go, responsible people should do something about it. If they let this issue as it is now, i am sure this would be the end of boxing. C’mon, people are not stupid. I want a resolution as soon as possible, Ok NSAC, uncle Bob, WBO and Judges. Even bradley can surrender his belt that is not rightfully belong to him.OMG!

    By omg on Jun 11, 2012

  19. Contrary to popular belief professional boxing is NOT a prestigious competition like that of the Olympics, the competition itself is a big business run by promoters, bookmakers and big time gamblers. It is all about the Benjamins, politics, mafia, influence, over-hyping, etc. so by now you should have known better. Those boxing drama unfolding in front of our eyes is just a tip of the iceberg of what exactly happening behind the scenes. So stop that stupidity into believing that there is prestige in this competition.

    By Affleap on Jun 11, 2012

  20. Pacquaio may have lost in the ring but in life and as a person, he has tremendously won. Graciousness in defeat despite the overwhelming opinion worldwide that he really won shows strength of character. Ever so humble. That is such a great virtue and quality that others should emulate.

    By Peter on Jun 11, 2012

  21. WBO, the belt that Bradley got should take their belt from Bradley, imagine a worthless champion got hold of your belt?? That’s a real shame. Who woul believe now that they really are for boxing. If they do nothing about this maybe they are part of the whole scenario. Get it back and make action. That’s your prestigious name at stake here.

    By Marcus Mojica on Jun 11, 2012

  22. bradley should be ashamed of himself accepting something that doesnt truly belong to him. At least he should be a man enough to surrender the belt and give the credit where the credit is due.

    By edsel on Jun 11, 2012

  23. the world knows that pacquiao wins… done! rematch??? not so much interest in watching pay per view. now all blames is on NSAC.. it would be people of THE WORLD VS NSAC.

    By reynier on Jun 11, 2012

  24. Bob Arum pre fight comment was, “If Pacquiao is not impressive he loses”. Pacquiao did not knock out Bradley so the scoring had to be manipulated. Thus the big Question is would you place a money bet in Las Vegas?

    By ernie on Jun 12, 2012

  25. Hello everyone! I beg to disagree with judge C.J.Ross judging in favor of Bradley….what the heck his talking about? he thought bradley won the fight…this stupid and corrupt old judge should be dump and executed. He has no place in judging? and you will get what you want…..MANNY PACQUIAO IS RIGHTFUL WINNER on the fight; not even close in my eyes BRADLEY won the fight; pacquiao outclassed him…..how could this guy won the game
    If Nevada Athletic Association don’t investigate this fight…we will petition all boxing event to be held in TEXAS, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CALIFORNIA or even outside U.S…

    By raymond_1107@yahoo.com on Jun 12, 2012

  26. It doesn’t matter how much Arum would pretend, but the thing is even with both eyes blindfolded Arum would end up the mastermind of this game fixing…maybe in cahoots with Paco Varcarcel, the WBO president who gave Manny that diamond ring as WBO Fighter of the Decade award. It’s time for Manny Pacquiao to leave boxing once and for all as a sign of protest and of refusing to be used again as an accomplish of a crime against millions of people who paid to watch the fight. No more Arum, no more boxing for Pacquiao, no more game fixing. All the signs are already there for Pacquiao to leave boxing or be drowned in the midst of corruption and shameless money making.

    By adrein on Jun 12, 2012

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