Everyone understood the short-term ramifications of Timothy Bradley’s unearned, meritless June 9th victory over Manny Pacquiao.
Bradley’s victory meant that boxing’s top pound-for-pound fighter had to suffer the indignity of adding another (undeserved) loss to his record. It also meant that fans were likely going to have an equally uncompetitive rematch forced on them six months later, regardless of whether they wanted it or not. And, of course, it meant that once again boxing would be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
That was the short-term fallout. You can’t just look at short-term fallout, though. There is always long-term fallout, too. And in this case, the long-term fallout was the fact that folks would suddenly start to question how future bouts would be judged.
After all, when a guy lands more punches at a more accurate clip in a given fight and still somehow manages to walk out of the ring with an L, that’s troubling.
Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, has never been one to bite his tongue. In the aftermath of Pacquiao’s ridiculous loss, he made it no secret that his guy got completely and totally screwed. Fearing that a similar fate may be in store for his other big time fighter, Amir Khan, Roach expressed his concerns regarding poor judging during a recent interview with Boxing Scene:
And when Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight to Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last month, Roach feared that he, himself, was the problem.
“I’m worried about decisions since Manny Pacquiao’s fight,” said Roach.
“So I’ve told Amir that we have to knock this guy out somewhere along the way.
It’s not that serious, though – right?
Apparently it is. Via that same interview:
“It’s a serious concern and I’m not joking.”
Yes, yes it is a serious concern. As dramatic as his statement sounds, Roach has every reason in the world to doubt the outcomes of his fighters’ future bouts. That’s what you get when something as ridiculous as that Bradley victory happens – it casts doubt over the entire sport. It’s an unquestionable, undeniable black eye on The Sweet Science and the way matches get decided.
Roach may be the first one to express this sort of sentiment, and he may end up being the only one who does so publicly; however, plenty of other trainers are privately expressing the same sort of doubts within their own camps.
The only way to secure a victory? Knock the other guy out.
Otherwise you’re just asking for a couple of blind, incompetent judges to hand you a loss that you clearly don’t deserve.