Who Cares About The WBO’s Pacquiao-Bradley Ruling?
- Posted on Sat, June 23rd, 2012 by Ja Dawson
- Boxing Tickets
I don’t care.
That’s my answer to the WBO’s recent review of Timothy Bradley’s controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao.
In case you missed it, the WBO, with the help of well-respected fight judges, came to the conclusion that Manny Pacquiao should have been awarded a unanimous victory over Bradley. Umm, tell us something we don’t know.
And you may be asking why I’m so cynical.
Well, beside the fact that that’s how I was raised, the WBO’s recent review is ultimately self-serving.
For starters, it behooves them to extend an olive branch of sorts to Manny Pacquiao. As the cliche states, the man makes the belt, not the other way around. The WBO, like the rest of the world, knows this. And they want Pacquiao to know and feel that they still see him as their welterweight champion, even if Nevada’s boxing officials judged otherwise.
But most importantly, it’s all about the Benjamins, baby, as P-Diddy would say. More specifically, it’s about sanctioning fees, and the substantial ones that the WBO would receive if Pacquiao felt compelled to fight Timothy Bradley in a highly-profitable rematch.
Although their "review and mandated rematch" call-to-action looks good on the surface, I’m not buying that it’s all about boxing’s integrity.
And should Bradley and Pacquiao decide to fight again on pay-per-view, I’m literally not buying that either!