Bob Arum’s words suggest that Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley rematch is in doubt. But he seems to be in favor of Manny vs Marquez IV
Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley fight is not going to be forgotten by boxing fans in a long time to come. It was a great fight that remained one-sided in Manny Pacquiao’s favor till the end, but two judges ruled in favor of Bradley, shocking the boxing fans across the world.
The split decision seems to be the worst case in the history of world boxing and the case has been referred for investigation by WBF and others. Bob Arum is crying hoarse since then, but people don’t really believe as to what he is saying and what happened behind the scene.
Both the fighters belonged to his camp and he has a big stake in a rematch if and when it is held. Reports suggest that the match should be held in November and Bob Arum would become richer by tens of millions of dollars.
But recently Bob Arum seems to have changed his mind regarding the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. He says given the faulty decision despite the fight being one-sided in favor of Manny there is no point in a rematch. While talking to Las Vegas Sun, Manny and Bradley promoter said, “I don’t want to do a rematch…This fight was a one-sided fight. If it had been scored properly, 10-2 or 9-3, who would be asking for a rematch? – Nobody. Just because these officials screwed up, that doesn’t justify a rematch.”
Now he is rooting for a rematch -4th of the series between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Their last and third match was very close and went in Manny’s favor with very thin margin.
But Manny’s was not the first fight that went against the deserving or rather wining fighter. Floyd Mayweatehr Jr too has benefitted from a similar fight in which he was pronounced winner despite being given jolts by his opponent Jose Luis Castillo. Jose Luis Castillo had landed more punches than Floyd Mayweather Jr. (203-147), including a huge advantage in power punches (173-66). But you do have to take into account the fact that rounds are scored separately—whether you win a round 15-0 or 1-0, you get the same number of points. So the huge advantage in punches doesn’t mean an automatic victory.
Notwithstanding the fact that he was a clear winner and stats support it, Jose Luis Castillo was pronounced winner. And the more amazing part of it was the fact that the judges were unanimous in favor of Mayweather.