Once you start peeling this artichoke and get passed the obvious subject matter a number of interesting sub plots emerge at the heart of Saturday nights results which tell a more significant story than the “controversy” or the “outrage”.
Reality check #1, I don’t think the decision was as terrible as some people are making it out to be especially after watching the replay without the benefit of HBO crafting the story line for all us fat, dumb, inebriated boxing fans. If it was robbery then we’ve seen worse. Watching the fight live it was clear that Manny was landing the harder shots but watching the replay minus the HBO script (open love letter) you realize just how much Manny was missing Bradley who amazingly was often times right in his firing range. At times it was clear that Bradley was briefly dictating the pace and controlling the action. Some of his little short combos were discounted amidst all the HBO love vignettes but in my opinion the first 3 rounds were won by Bradley. Manny did too much following and missing in my opinion which was pretty stunning and brings up Reality check #2, the punch stat and the methodology used to collect this data which based on my own non scientific analysis was scoring punches landed for Manny that simply did not land.
In a future article we’ll do a more comprehensive analysis of punch stats but for our purposes here today let it be known that I don’t believe Manny landed at the rate credited. He couldn’t have…. A hundred and ninety POWER shots and Bradley barely had a scratch AND this with a bad ankle hindering his movement? Open your eyes and your minds. How many times have you heard HBO commentator, Jim Lampley gushing that “Manny lands a left” when clearly no shot landed? Bradley is slipping punches and Lampley is saying exactly opposite. I’ve said this before but, TURN THE VOLUME DOWN on HBO and use your own eyes! I know Pacquiao has fast hands and its probably no easy task to accurately tally those numbers but are the compubox folk’s any closer to the action than Jim Lampley?Could I consider myself a boxing person? I'd like to so I could be included in this comment.
God can only hope they’re more accurate!
There are many credible boxing folk’s who thought Bradley won the fight.(sic)...including 3 experienced and competent judges.