It was a sad day for most Filipinos and supporters of Manny Pacquiao.
The General Santos City native and Sarangani representative was stunned by a split decision of the judges, 115-113, favoring American Timothy Bradley Jr. on Saturday (June 9) fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
|Manny Pacquiao was stunned over loss to Timothy Bradley Jr in WBO Welterweight championship fight on Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand. PHOTO: Reuters|
The undefeated Bradley claimed the WBO Welterweight title, after getting the same 115-113 scores from the two judges. Pacquiao got the same score from the other judge.
Pacman insists he won
Ring Magazine's No. 1 fighter in their pound-for-pound list Pacquiao could not believe the results, and insisted he won the fight. During the ringside interview, he said he respected the judges' decision but said he was the true winner.
"The fight was good, and he's not an easy opponent. He was very strong and he moved around. I mean, I respect that, but I believe that I won the fight," Pacquiao said.
Whole nation shocked
The whole nation was shocked after the announcement of Bradley as the new WBO Welterweight title holder, and frowned that a day of glory has become like a "Good Friday."
Pinoy netizens and Pacquiao fans even could not believe the verdict, and tweeted with the hashtag #MannyPacquiaoIsStillTheWorldsBestBoxer, to express Pacquiao's clear victory.
But even international celebrities were disappointed, tweeting their sentiments on the fight.
I'm gonna let it go... After I say this... Boxing was RUINED tonight for me.
— Justin Timberlake(@jtimberlake) June 10, 2012
Congrats to the new winner but I'm still really upset about the results :(
— Jessica Sanchez (@JSanchezAI11) June 10, 2012
Pac man 4 life
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) June 10, 2012
YOU'VE GOTTA BE KIDDING ME!!!! PACQUAIO TOTALLY OWNED THAT FIGHT!!!
— Chris Daughtry (@CHRIS_Daughtry) June 10, 2012
What a joke! I can't believe they gave it to Bradley.
— Jessica Biel (@JessicaBiel) June 10, 2012
BRADLEY, I'M GLAD UR CONCIOUS IS EATING U UP ENOUGH 2 ADMIT THAT U DON'T EVEN BELIEVE U WON HOMIE. GO CHECK THE TAPE AND RUN THAT BELT!!
— Busta Rhymes (@BusaBusss) June 10, 2012
Ain't that sum bullshitBoxing is a wrap. Going bacc on that ultimate fighting
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) June 10, 2012
Before the fight, Bradley told BET.com that he didn't think Pacquiao was as hungry as he used to be, and indeed, the fighter known as "Desert Storm" seemed to want it more.
He also went to town with posters and tickets advertising a "Pacquiao versus Bradley II" fight during their fight press conference, stating he will win and Pacman getting an immediate seek for rematch with his defeat.
Pacquiao has given a "no problem" response when asked about a rematch, which is expected to happen in November.