Was the Manny Pacquiao / Tim Bradley title fight fixed?
You bet. Which is not anything new in boxing, right? Remember Liston/Clay and the Phantom Punch? And the Ali/Spinks (Leon) fixed fight the first time. Ali maybe was not in on it, who knows.
WHY, YOU ASK?
Simple. As the sport gets weaker, they need to fire up the fans and force a new "bad guy" onto the scene and add a couple big money fights. You know, get people talking. All three of these fights did just that – it worked.
With Ali leaving the game in the late 70’s and nobody else truly mattering, they had to prompt him to fight one more time, to buy time to find a new savior. Until they found Larry Holmes and soon after Mike Tyson. So the fix worked.
However, this one is pure genius.
Manny may not have been in on it, nor was Bradley, or so it seems from their comments and looks after the decision. But let’s look at this closer. The AP had it 117-111 for Manny – not even close – and they were pretty much on it. The ringside fixers had it 115-113 for Bradley (one had it 115-113 for Manny).
However, according to all credible reports, Manny won in a breeze.
He hurt Bradley twice in the 4th and 5th rounds. Bradley fought close in the middle and at the end, but never had Manny in trouble or was a clear winner. You always have to take it from the champ – close goes to champ – and this wasn’t close.
"I’ve never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight" said promotor and manager of both fighters Bob Arum. And he may have in fact been the fixer. Arum benefits the most. Now we have a huge payday for BOTH his guys in November. Ten times the money. Bradley got $5 million and he likely never saw 50 grand before last night for one fight.
Here’s the best news: After Manny "wins back his title" – and he will – then..get this, you’ll love it…He fights Floyd Mayweather as he always planned. I figure Floyd wins, and now, this is great…MAYWEATHER FIGHTS BRADLEY FOR BIG BUCKS AGAIN and wins. Nice.
SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS COMING FOLKS.
And trust me, people will watch, more now than before. WHY? THE CONTROVERSY.
It’s almost as if professional boxing is going the way of professional wrestling.
Oh, for the good old days with Joe Lewis, Rocky Marciano, Ali….
You know what’s hysterical? Today these top guys make 50 times more than those guys even dreamed of. It’s not fair.
Yep, the fix is in, always has been. Kinda makes you wonder about other pro sports, huh?
"I tried but I couldn’t beat the guy," Bradley said before the decision was read that he’d won.
End of story. Even Bradley knew he got whipped.