Obama defeats Manny Pacquiao in controversial split decision

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There is a simple lesson to be learned from the more than controversial split decision loss of Manny Pacquio to an obviously inferior and less experienced Tim Bradley. “Keep your political opinions to yourself”.

In this writer’s analysis, this was a knockout, but not of Tim Bradley. It was a political and public opinion knock out of Manny by not only those Manny attacked with his statements prior to the fight, but by Obama and his camp.



Pacquiao whipped Tim Bradley easily in every way except on the judge’s score cards. The fight has been called fixed by a Former IBF Welterweight champion boxer among others, and rigged by many more.

Investigations are likely to come as many, including the promoter blamed for the fix, have called for them. Even politicians have entered the fray.

Anyone that observed the fight from beginning to end has to laugh at the decision. It was a lopsided fight in which Tim Bradley ate more lefts than the winner of an all you can eat hotdog contest could ever ingest wieners. Bradley was humiliated, throwing almost all air all night long, barely touching Pacquiao’s gloves in most cases or taking cheap shots in the clinch. In one round, Bradley’s trainer hints to him to head butt Pacquiao, after which Bradley tried twice, but neither butt hurt Pacquiao.

The argument presented in regards to this astronomical flub by one of the judges, Duane Ford, was that Bradley gave Pacquiao a “boxing lesson”. That Bradley’s counter punches hurt Pacquio in the scoring and Bradley was the aggressor in later rounds. But being the aggressor does not score points if one does not hit the other fighter.

The counter punch argument is even more ludicrous.

According to CompuBox statistics, “Pacquiao landed more punches than Bradley in every round but one, the 9th (26-25). Note that all three judges awarded that round to Bradley, even though Pacquiao was busier and landed more power shots (22-21). One round, the 10th, was even in punches landed with 14 apiece.” Read more.

Compubox had Pacquio landing 253 punches to Bradley’s meager 159. Bradley had a hit ratio of less than 20%. Bradley was swinging at air or a ghost almost all night. Were the judges counting these shots in the dark that never made contact as punches? If they did, then the only statistic on which Bradley outscored Pacquiao was total punches thrown at 839 to 751. Could the judges have been duped by a show of hands? Maybe, but doubtful.

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If, as the judge Duane Ford stated, counter-punching hurt Pacquio, then Bradley would have had to at the very least landed the same number of punches countering Pacquo as Pacquiao landed to initiate an attack. The idea, after all, of a counterpunch, is to actually land the counterpunch, not to swing at air every time one is hit. It is also rather idiotic to state that the counterpuncher was on the attack. The strategy is to respond to the attack of the opponent while his guard is down. They are diametrically opposed strategies.

The Compubox numbers are so far in favor of Pacquiao it is laughable. Either the judges could not tell if the punches were landing and scored every whiff by Bradley as a punch or this had to be intentional.

Fighters never lose with these types of Compubox numbers. This is a first. So what happened? Did the judges intentionally call this fight wrong? Of course they did, but the reason why may surprise you.

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Pacquiao should learn a lesson from this fight. Prior to a bout, the only focus of the boxer should be on the fight. It is perfectly fine to criticize, praise, taunt, etc. the opponent, but that has to be the only focus.

Tim Bradley won the pre-fight by simply being disinterested in anything other than the fight. No quotes were printed of Tim Bradley politically criticizing anyone or making bigoted remarks. There was no reason to dislike Bradley other than as an opponent of Pacquiao if you happen to be a fan of Manny.

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Pacquiao, on the other hand, just could not keep his mouth shut. Normally a silent boxer that knows his place is in the sports arena and the boxing ring, where he is king, Pacquiao chose to shoot out direct criticisms at Obama and the Democratic party in America during an election year!! To make matters worse, the comments were bigoted nonsense spewed from the Bible which Manny later admitted he never read.

Manny Pacquiao made a disgrace of himself when making these comments and came across as both unlikeable, bigoted and, certainly not the sharpest tool in the shed. These comments were made in response to Obama’s support of same sex marriage. Original media reports had Pacquiao quoting Leviticus and calling for the death of gays.

Pacquiao later stated that his comments were not as extreme as those originally credited to him, but the damage had been done. Had he kept his mouth shut, he could have focused on his defense in the ring and not the media. His response to the media did not help him, making it evident he is completely ignorant of the 70% of the world that are not Christian.

The “Kingdom of God” of which Pacquio speaks is a kingdom of bigotry that most of the world does not embrace, including much of the Christian community. At a time when the fighter should have been focused on his fight, he came across as a religious zealot and distanced himself from the broad support we in our nation have given to the rights garnered by our Constitution.

While there was not an immediate political response from President Obama, the response from many was swift. He was barred from access to an LA Mall at which he had frequented. He was attacked by the Gay community. Some shows even banned him from interviews.

Pacquiao lost his focus and had to defend himself in the media, something no fighter should be doing just weeks before a championship fight. Even though Pacquiao is possibly the greatest boxer of our generation, he is no heavyweight in the IQ department, let alone the political arena. His blunder was to tread in an area so out of his depth that it portrayed him as both bigoted and foolish, not a great boxer.

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The response to Pacquio’s remarks was broad based and became evident at the fight itself. Senator Harry Reid, the powerful majority leader of the Senate, and a huge fan and supporter of Pacquaio did not attend the fight for “personal” reasons. Pacquiao had supported Reid in his political campaign in 2010. Reid would not have missed this huge fight just to spend time with his family. And while Reid has since stated he believes Pacquiao won the fight, he was also quoted as saying that he did not see “anything untoward” about the decision.

Reid’s response to the Los Angeles Times? “I feel confident there’s been nothing untoward, but if an investigation makes everyone feel better, do the investigation.” Hardly a ringing endorsement of his once close ally.


Pacquiao lost this fight in the public arena, not the boxing ring. His off color comments and off the mark and antiquated remarks linking church and state demonstrated incredible ignorance of the world and the US political agenda in an election year, offending not only the gay community, but his US political allies as well, who had no choice but to distance themselves from him.

The US fosters the concept of freedom of religion for everyone, not just for those falling within Pacquiao’s limited range of beliefs.

He would be well advised to keep his mouth shut going forward, at least until he is retired from boxing.

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34 Responses to "Obama defeats Manny Pacquiao in controversial split decision"

  1. Joe Gully   June 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Just imagine how many people lost money on this fight. The fight wasnt even close lol. My jaw dropped when i heard the decision. Judges got paid by Floyd Mayweather so he dont have to fight Manny.

  2. Smoke Candy   June 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    It’s pretty clear that Manny won. And in any Angle, Bradley only got 2 rounds while Paqi got 10. But final decision has been made, can’t be revoked yeah?

  3. Thurman   June 22, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Completely rigged!! What I don’t get is why the hell it happened!!

  4. Joe   June 22, 2012 at 7:12 am

    We all have the right to express our opinion. No one has the right to take that from you, gay or not.

  5. Victor Wright   June 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Here is the new way to win boxing fight :
    1 land less punches
    2 receive lots of punches
    3 make an excuse like broken ankle
    4 get out boxed 10 out of 12 rounds
    5 tell everyone you lost before decision results,
    is equal to, you win a fight not even your crew will believe it

  6. Alphonse   June 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    It’s a sin to judge or criticize one another so all this GOD talk about at marriage, take a look back at yourself. Exactly why I laugh at people that throw religion in your face because they are the biggest hypocrites. I take NONE of them seriously

  7. Daniel   June 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I believe in god and i respect what you had to say, alot of people who dont believe would just come on here and troll, saying all religious people are hypocrites and hates gay people and bla bla bla. i let people live in their own lives i dont judge, i dont care im just worrying about me and my family doing the right thing by others

    • Richard   June 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

      I don’t believe in God, but I know enough about what is taught of Him, and that He is the ultimate Judge. If you truly have faith in what you believe about God, you will leave others be to live as they want to live, and let them face Him in the end. I’m sure He is more likely to forgive homosexuals if they truly are living in sin, than He is to forgive those who think they are entitled to do His job for him..

  8. Josh Cannon   June 24, 2012 at 1:17 am

    The government has NO PLACE in marriage – it’s unconstitutional. The govt should provide legal/rights for life-partners (be they gay or straight) that’s a Civil Union. It’s not a “marriage.” The govt has no place in marriage and that is what people who jump on the bandwagon fail to understand.

  9. Tim   June 24, 2012 at 2:57 am

    everyone can express their opinions. there is nothing wrong with pacquiao disagreeing with Obama especially when Obama himself had disagreed with himself before regarding? the same issue.

  10. Ryan S   June 24, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Dont get it twisted, Obama did it for Votes.

  11. Claire E   June 24, 2012 at 5:40 am

    I praise Manny for taking a stance, we need more people to speak up it’s about time! God comes first before anything else! I am an even bigger fan of Manny more so now than ever before!

  12. Garry   June 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Obama is just putting up BS to get more votes for laws he will never do! Just like the first time he’s the worst president and needs to go down before he changes this country to dictatorship. Leave manny alone he has his beliefs like the rest of us!!

  13. Jason Pierce   June 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Everybody has they own opinion i don’t think it’s right either. im not gonna bang wagon obama just cuz President Obama For Supporting Gay Marriage lol .

  14. Darrel   June 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    If you want change, gay couples should get married anyway. Gay marriage is such of a silly topic because it’s so simple to fix, it’s just that no one has actually done anything about it yet.

  15. McGee   June 25, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I don’t give a DAMN about what the bible says, or GOD, or whatever religion you practice…This is AMERICA, and this is about CIVIL rights and fairness for all her citizens.

  16. Billy   June 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Gay marriage helps those commited couples for legal reasons, and hurts no straight person. Get over it, and keep it in your pews.

  17. Harold   June 26, 2012 at 6:18 am

    gay marriage is not alright. You can be gay tho, whatever floats your boat… I do not feel it’s right for kid’s wether there adopted, or how ever the scenario worked, i do not feel a gay couple should be allowed to raise children.When you think marrigae, what do you think of? I think of a family, an that’s just not right for a gay couple…Showing kids it’s alright to be a faggot is not alright.

  18. Joseph   June 26, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Gay marriage is not marriage, the definition of marriage is that it is between a man and woman, that is a fact not opinion, its like calling a cat a dog. I’m not gay bashing, it’s a fact, end of argument, there can’t be gay marriage because it is not marriage. You can’t debate facts, people call me ignorant but people who believe in gay marriage are ignorant.

  19. William   June 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

    first of all im not gay, second, im not against or with gay marriage.
    I just find it hard to beleive that god will not accept certain people.

  20. Curtis   June 26, 2012 at 8:17 am

    It’s not that God doesn’t accept them, He has His arms open 24/7 til the day you die. It’s just a matter of the people accepting HIM.

  21. Sutton   June 26, 2012 at 8:57 am

    He does love everybody, think of it as hate the sin not the sinner.And in the beginning God created man and woman only, so please don’t say He created gay people, too. The reason you are gay is because of the circumstances of your life, be it hardships or rejection, or the lack of proper upbringing.

  22. rahul   June 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I have to question one thing about the bible … Why would god trash gay ppl 2 hell, If he loves everybody!!!

    as Christians and Catholics say ,”everything that happened is because of god.” so why would god create gay people for nothing. Sometimes I feel like churches are a scam. i am straight but I think gay marriage should be legal everywhere.

  23. Rick   June 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Why is everyone so sensitive to gay people all a sudden. They ain’t worrying about all the other bullshit, as long as we don’t call a gay person a ” fag ” we are okay.

  24. Henry   June 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Manny is only misquoted ! What he meant is this:
    That’s exactly what he want to say .

  25. Francis   June 27, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Marriage is nothing like how it use to be , u wanna see true love look to your grand parents. Now days marriage or a wedding is nothing more than a expensive BBQ.

  26. Ray   June 27, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Im not for Gay Marriage it is between Man and Woman, Pac never said nothng wrong to Gays so they need to go somewhere else. I like the gays but Im not for Gay Marriage and I will never will be.

  27. Jesus   June 27, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Just because God invented A male and a female, too reproduce and keep the world going if he wanted the world to be gay then he would either make just males or just females. And it’s just wrong in so many ways, I have nothing against gays just don’t like it’s right but that’s why I said ‘My opinion’

  28. Arthur   June 27, 2012 at 5:56 am

    lets respect if he is not in favor for gay marriage…come on..we all know he is a christian..even if he wasnt asked about it..you expected that answer already. People just want to make a big fuss out of it.

  29. Jeff Hill   June 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

    God hates the SIN, not the sinner, but if the sinner doesn’t repent and turn away from their sin, they get what they ask for…’cause God REALLY hates SODOMY!

  30. Josh   June 27, 2012 at 7:44 am

    The point of the article is not the result of the fight. It is not what your specific religious belief is. It is that a boxer must focus on the task at hand. Making a bigoted uninformed statement targeted at a nation that values diversity and freedom of religion was idiotic. And those of you preaching are enjoying exactly what this nation is all about. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Sure Manny had the right to speak out against gay marriage, but bringing Leviticus and the bible into it was just, well, dumb. In addition, he alienated many of his allies going into the fight, which could have cost him dearly.

  31. William   June 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Sensitive gay people always making a big deal out of nothing, let him speak his mind not everybody has the same opinion about gay marriage, that is all.

  32. Carlial   July 16, 2012 at 8:49 am

    The stats never lie. That fight was clearly won by Manny…but he made a total ass of himself because of his comments before the fight.

  33. Georges Foreman   October 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Hello! in my opinion Boxing is the most entertaining activity from all.


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