Athletes outraged over Pacquiao's defeat
MANILA, Philippines – Athletes from various sports were stunned and outraged after Filipino boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao suffered a shock defeat at the hands of undefeated boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.
Despite outlanding Bradley throughout their 12 round encounter, Pacquiao lost via split decision with scores of 115-113, 113-115, and 115-113.
Immediately, athletes took to social networking sites to express their disbelief with the judges' decision.
2011 Fighter of the Year and world super middleweight champion Andre Ward tweeted: "Listen, I love Tim Bradley, he's a friend. This is not his fault. Tim lost the fight, that's all I can say."
Pacquiao's stablemate and former sparring partner, British boxer Amir Khan, said the result was a "robbery."
"Bradley did not win this fight. The crowd are booing while he's being interviewed... What a joke we had Manny winning by 5 rounds," he tweeted.
Khan also challenged Bradley to a fight on December, claiming, "I will 100% beat Bradley."
Golden Boy Promotions president and former world champion Oscar De La Hoya also chimed in, tweeting: "Bradley should have given the belt and announce victory to Pacquiao right after the decision."
Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, slammed the Nevada State Athletic Commission following the decision.
"Worst athletic commission in the country!!!!!!!!!!! Nevada state athletic commission at its finest!!!!!!! You've for to be (expletive) kidding me!! That is disgusting Nevada state athletic commission!!" White tweeted.
Meanwhile, NBA players also reacted unfavorably to the decision, with New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams asking, "What just happened?" followed by 22 more question marks.
"What were they watching... Boxing is now the worst sport in the history of the world. I'm never buying a fight again," he tweeted.
Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns said he felt cheated out of his money.
"There cheating in Vegas!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!! Wow!!!!! Biggest cheat EVER!!!!!!!," he tweeted. "This is crazy... Those judges n Vegas need to be fired ASAP!!!! I never felt so cheated of my money in my Life!!!!"
Retired NBA center Shaquille O’Neal, meanwhile, called the decision "bullsh*t."
"I watched allota fights but that decision was some BS. Now I wanna see Pacquiao versus Mayweather," he said.
Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger called it the "worst decision of all time," while Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry asked the judges to "please overturn this judgment."
"I'm not watching boxing ever!!" Lowry added.
Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons joked that he had to go to an eye doctor "first thing Monday morning."
"IDK (I don’t know) what fight I just watched, obviously it's not the one the judges did," Monroe added.
Former Suns guard and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said he was relieved that basketball is not decided by judges after watching the fight.
Pulling for Bradley
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, admitted he was rooting for Bradley but was shocked by the decision as well.
"That is horrible. Unreal. Ridiculous. Stupid. Bogus. Etc. That fight wasn't close and I was pulling for Bradley," Rodgers tweeted.
"That is why boxing isn't popular anymore, because of embarrassing scoring of fights like that. Wow. Goodnight," he added.
"I can't believe that decision! One of the biggest upsets in boxing history!!!" tweeted Reggie Bush.
Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, said he believes Pacquiao got cheated.
"That was the worst scoring I've ever seen in my life, I'm never watching boxing again.... That really got me mad SMH (shaking my head). The people who scored the fight need to be fired," he tweeted.
"SMH that was it for me I will never watch another fight again, I'm done," Rice added.
Numerous local and international celebrities have also expressed their disgust with the decision on Twitter, with many throwing their support behind Pacquiao.