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Bradley: "I'm not giving the belt back"

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Timothy Bradley has made up his mind: he will not be returning the belt back to Manny Pacquiao because he decided that he had clearly won the fight.

Of course giving back the belt is not necessary and probably not an easy thing to do had he wanted to return it. The only way Bradley can lose his belt now, is if the Nevada State Athletic Commission overturns the reverses the decision. As a matter of fact, the NSAC has plans to review the decision with every judge separately to make sure they made the right choice, and to understand how they arrived to that conclusion. (http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/173295-nevada-commission-director-judges-to-review-pacquiao-bradley). Maybe doing this will provide the right insight into what the judges had going through their head as they scored the fight the way they did.

In a way, I can see what Bradley is talking about, but itís important to remember that volume is crucial in a fight like this. This is not a heavyweight bout, thus the fight will rarely be judged based on a dozen of total punches landed. Both Bradley and Pacquiao wanted to fight an aggressive fight, and in a way, both let their hands go. Having said all that, the judges and the commentators donít communicate with each other in making their decision. Thus, pointing fingers at the commentators about how they called the fight and possibly influenced the decision is absolute nonsense.

Both fighters as well as the rest of the world should soon hear from the NSAC and the WBO on their finding about the accuracy of the scores and the final decision.

Article posted on 15.06.2012



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