Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in a split decision to claim the WBO Welterweight Title, ending Pacquiao's seven year winning streak. But the decision was marred by controversy with most fight attendees and experts feeling Pacquiao won convincingly.
I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight, fight promoter Bob Arum, who handles both fighters said.
Pacquiao turned the fight into a brawl, standing toe-to-toe with Bradley and using his superior power to hammer his opponent. But when the scores came from the judges Pacquiao was disappointed.
Duane Ford and C.J. Ross scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth had the same score with Pacquiao on top.
A fuming Arum announced that there would be a rematch in November, even as he blasted the judges' decision.
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.'
Though, when he spoke to the media after the fight, Bradley was singing a different tune.
I thought I won the fight, Bradley said. I didn't think he was as good as everyone says he was. I didn't feel his power.
But for all that talk, it seems that many in Bradley's own corner were caught off guard by the decision.
Sports Illustrated boxing writer Chris Mannix tweeted just after the fight that, Arum says Bradley's manager had it 8-4 for Pacquiao.
As so often happens when a major sports story breaks, Twitter exploded after the fight, with many people expressing incredulity. But some took it even farther.
ESPN Columnist and Grantland Editor Bill Simmons took to twitter following the fight to blast it for being fixed and to promise that his sports documentary series 30 For 30 would look into the fight.
Never been more stunned by a boxing decision. So disgusted right now. Now we know why the odds dropped all week. #future30for30, Simmons tweeted.
He followed it up with a tweet from pro poker player Haralabos Voulgaris about all of the late money that flew to Bradley's side of the betting, again hastagging it #future30for30.
Jay Kornegay, an employee of the Las Vegas Hilton's SuperBook dropped one of the most damning quotes of the night.
I know it won't happen but I feel this should be the last boxing match we'll ever book @LVSuperBook. #ridiculous, he tweeted.
To be completely fair, Korengay and the Hilton's book lost a great deal of money on the decision, and one can easily imagine them being upset. It is quite another thing for an employee of a book to come out and say something so publically.
Another Vegas bookmaker, Todd Fuhrman echoed Korengay's frustrations and reservations.
State doesn't allow us to book events that are voted upon, thinking boxing should fall under this clause now, he said.
Check out the video below for highlights from the fight.