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did lack of focus make manny pacquiao lose the boxing match to timothy bradley?

we saw it for the first time when pacquaio fought marquez – pacquiao did not seem to be the same boxer we all admired. in fact in that fight many wondered why pacquiao won the fight. it was said allowed – marquez should have won it.

all of us got shocked when bradley won in a split decision today. the rounds seemed to go to pacquaio or are we just used to seeing pacquaio win that we blinded ourselves into thinking pacquaio was winning the fight?

non filipinos may not know it but manny pacquaio,  the world class boxing champion who has beaten every great fighter after the next in recent years is not just a boxer in the philippines. pacquiao since before the marquez fight has become a philippine congressman, weekly tv show host, singer, band  member and the most recent a born again christian who quotes the bible  in each and every occasion he is in.

he used to have very hectic and serious training before a fight. but starting during the marquez fight, his preparations for his fight  changed.  pacquaio constantly stopped his training during the marquez fight preparation with appearances in events in baguio where he trains and even goes down to manila to attend events.

he basically did the same thing in his preparation for the bradley fight  but this time his excuse for breaking his training was to conduct bible studies and give religious talks when invited by groups. we don’t know how the religious groups have managed it but for some reason they were able to get to pacquiao and get him to break his training for these bible studies and engagements.

we do not know why manny has embarked into these multiple roles of his. we wonder if manny does not yet understand his  place in philippine history. has he been taking these additional roles to enlarge or even find his place in philippine history.

pacquaio does not seem to understand he is already one of the greatest filipinos in philippine history and that is as one of the greatest filipino boxing

manny pacquiao breaks his training to lead a bible study

fighter. he is loved for it and nobody is greater than him in that role. taking in other roles like congressman, tv host, singer and bible minister will not really add to his greatness and make filipinos remember and admire him more, they can only water down what he is already in our minds and hearts. and this watering down may show in his fights.

and that is perhaps what happened today. the lack of focus on what he does and what he is great for may have cost manny the fight against bradley.

the fight today was delayed for some time. the news reports says it was delayed as pacquaio wanted to finish watching the boston celtics and miami heat game 7 for the eastern conference title. the  basketball game was on its last few minutes and  pacquaio, a celtics fan wanted to finish the game.  and true enough after the celtics lost the game, pacquaio moved to another oom to have his gloves placed on him.

that was just one incident that shows pacquaio has lost focus on boxing. it seems unthinkable that a world class boxer who is about to fight a much younger fighter decides to watch a basketball game on tv rather than put his mind 100% into the fight which was about to happen in less than 10 minutes.

pacquiao has won many of his most difficult fights not just on the basis of skills and brawn but on the mental side.  he won his fights by outwitting his much bigger and stronger opponents. on the bradley fight, pacquaio’s mind  may have been on being a congressman, singer. band member , tv show host, bible pastor and the most recent a boston celtics fan.

Timothy Bradley upsets Manny Pacquiao on split decision

By Mark J. Rebilas, US Presswire

LAS VEGAS — It appears the new Manny Pacquiao is not the same as the old Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who turned to religion this year, had won championships in a record eight weight divisions, and he appeared to dominate his fight against Tim Bradley. But it was Bradley who was awarded a split decision, handing Pacquiao his first loss since 2005 Saturday night before a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden.

Bradley remained undefeated, improving his recored to 29-0, with 12 KOs. Pacquiao fell to 54-4-2, with 38 KOS.

Nearly everybody on media row, including HBO’s Harold Lederman, scored the bout overwhelmingly for Pacquiao. Lederman had it 119-109. But the judges at ringside, in a stunning decision, saw it otherwise. And the crowd let them know how they felt, raining boos as HBO’s Max Kellerman tried to talk to the fighters afterward.

Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum came over to media row and said he had it 10 rounds to 2 for Pacquiao, and said even Bradley’s manager had it 8-3 for Pacquiao.

“We’ll make a lot of money on the rematch, but this is (expletive) nuts. People don’t even know what they’re watching. They’re trying to kill boxing,” the 81-year-old Arum said.

Ringside judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross score the fight 115-113 for Bradley. Judge Jerry Roth gives it 115-113 to Pacquiao.

Final Punchstat numbers show Pacquiao landed 253 total punches to Bradley’s 159. In power punches, Pacquiao outlands Bradley 190-108.

Pacquiao and Bradley were both gracious after the fight, with Pacquiao even saluting the fans and congratulating his opponent. He did, however, respond “absolutely” when asked if he wants a rematch on Nov. 10. Said Bradley, “Let’s do it again.”


  1. Angelo
    June 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    i don’t think the lack of focus was the reason why manny lost…you can clearly see he out boxed bradley( like arum said 10-2 and bradley’s manager 8-3 and the compubox stats)
    manny is always relaxed when he fights, always smiling,keeping it cool…but that doesn’t mean he’s not focused…

    i don’t know what the two judges were thinking
    but this clearly is one of the worst judging/scoring in boxing history

    • June 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      the lack of focus may have cost pacquaio strength and conditioning.

  2. June 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    analysts of the fight are saying pacquiao considerably slowed down starting round 6 and that he did not finish this fight the way he usually does. he usually finishes fights with a flourish of aggressive moves.

    perhaps his weight has affected pacquiao’s performance? this is the heaviest that pacquaio has been and he is fighting a much younger fighter at his heaviest weight.

  3. June 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    what was the cause of the delay in the fight? was it just pacquaio wanting to finish the boston celtics – miami heat game 7 ballgame? or was there another reason?

  4. suzaku
    June 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    because they are illuminati members…remember that pacquiao is a born again christian now and their trying to say that illuminati is more powerful than born again christian…but wake up!!! the RIGTHEOUS WILL PREVAIL!!!

  5. June 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    What happened was that two judges had a horrible night. Even the judge who had it for Pacquiao wasn’t so hot.

    The night started weird and got even stranger with the decision. Bradley was gloved up and ready to go, but Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) was nowhere to be found. He wasn’t in his dressing room. As it turned out, he was working out on a treadmill to make sure he didn’t suffer the calf cramps that have bothered him in past fights.

    He finally arrived back in his dressing room about 15 minutes later, but still needed to receive referee instructions and get his gloves put on, forcing a lengthy delay before the ring walks.

    Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao and Bradley, was stunned. He said he had it 118-110 for Pacquiao.

    “When I came into the ring [after the fight], I said to Tim, ‘You did very well,’ and he said ‘I tried hard and I couldn’t beat the guy. You talk about killing boxing. Even [Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin] had it 8-4 for Pacquiao.

    “Something like this is so outlandish, it’s a death knell for the sport. This is f—— nuts. I have both guys, and I’ll make a lot of money in the rematch, but it’s ridiculous. You have these old f—- who don’t know what the hell they’re looking at. It’s incompetence. Nobody who knows anything about boxing could have Bradley ahead in the fight.”

    read here: http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/8032206/manny-pacquiao-shocked-split-decision-loss-timothy-bradley-jr

  6. June 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    “Can you believe that? Unbelievable,” Arum said. “I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, ‘I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy.’”

    Bradley said he hurt his ankle in the second round, and that trainer Joel Diaz said he could either quit or try to take the fight to Pacquiao.

    source: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/54276160-77/bradley-pacquiao-fight-decision.html.csp

  7. June 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Manny Pacquiao: Pac-Man Completely Robbed by Inept Judges

    read here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1215783-manny-pacquiao-pac-man-completely-robbed-by-inept-judges

  8. June 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Why Controversial Decision Ruined Future of Boxing

    read here : http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1215813-pacquiao-vs-bradley-why-controversial-decision-ruined-future-of-boxing

  9. Yanine
    June 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Everyone is so used to pacquiao winning, But in my OPINION I haven’t see pacquiao perform like he used to. Since the marquez fight, he lost his power. I saw the fight, and even thou I had pacquiao winning most rounds, still pacquiao was throwing alot of punches that just weren’t all landing. Bradley made him look foolish. If the judges made a wrong call in the desicion well, than I guess they also did in thee cotto vs floyd fight.

    • June 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

      for sure the manny pacquaio who fought bradlet is not the same pacquiao of old. he had at least 2 chances to knock out bradley but he did not go for it. he either did not go for it as he did not have the heart or he did not have the strength.

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