Decision reaps storm of protest
By Nelson Beltran Updated Monday June 11, 2012 - 12:00am
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Fans in Dagupan watch the fight on a large screen. At right, spectators watch in disbelief as the announcer declares the winner. BOY SANTOS and CESAR RAMIREZ

MANILA, Philippines - The Filipinos couldn’t believe what they heard when ring announcer Michael Buffer announced the outcome of the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday.

They were shocked by the verdict then cried. It was a case of daylight robbery.

They believed Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao was robbed of victory. There were those who hinted that a trilogy is in the works.

Suspected of hatching a scheme, promoter Bob Arum was burned in social network sites.

For the Filipino sports fans, it’s a “Super Sunday” ruined by fight judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford.

It’s really a great sporting Sunday with the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics fighting in the deciding Game Seven of their NBA Eastern Conference finals in the morning, a pair of exciting matches up in the PBA in the evening, and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic disputing the French Open championship late in the night.

“Suddenly, I lost my appetite,” said Dennis Alemania, a barangay official in Bagbaguin, Valenzuela.

“It was clear to us Bradley got only three rounds at the most. So, it was really appalling he came out the winner,” said Sammy Talon, a jeepney driver also from Valenzuela.

It’s also intriguing to those who know their boxing like former Philippine Sports Commission chairman Philip Juico.

“It’s close but Manny won in my card. However, they’re the judges. It’s their job,” said Juico as interviewed by DZBB.

“Tim Bradley did not shock the world. The decision shocked the world,” said boxing analyst Ed Tolentino on DZMM.

“Unbelievable,” said Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes in his twitter account.

Howls of protests rang non-stop on Twitter and Facebook.

“Bradley wins by split decision (is) shocking,” said ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo.

“That’s got to be one of the dumbest decisions I’ve ever heard in the history of boxing,” said Cesca Litton, a former PBA courtside reporter.

“Don’t you have to beat up a champ to beat the champ?” asked Barako Bull star Danny Seigle.

“Scoring points by mere rabbit jabs and running should not dethrone a legend,” said Petron Blaze point guard Alex Cabagnot.

Arum was quoted blasting the decision but he didn’t appease the Filipinos.

“Winner by unanimous decision – Bob Arum,” tweeted lady sportscaster Patricia Hizon. “Why play us like that.”

“Don’t believe anything Arum says. This is his own scripted show. He’s the clear winner in this trilogy that he apparently wants badly,” said PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.

“This s--t seems scripted. A rematch sked ready. This boxing is about money,” said lady player agent Sheryl Reyes.

“It’s not Bradley’s fault that he fought hard and won. It’s the corrupt sport of boxing’s fault for robbing Manny,” said Meralco stalwart Sol Mercado.

“Boxing is a dying sport here in America so they have to make this kind of arrangement for a rematch. Pacquiao is very bankable. The posters for rematch are already made. Money makes the sports go round,” said US-based Filipino MRB Bellosillo III.

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