Bob Arum Wants Investigation Into Pacquiao-Bradley Fight Scoring Controversy

Promoter Bob Arum was still fuming about the split-decision verdict that went against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday and said there would be no rematch with Timothy Bradley unless Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto launches an investigation.

Bradley, a 4-1 underdog, upset Pacquiao in one of the most controversial outcomes in years to take the World Boxing Organization welterweight title. All three judges scored it 115-113, with Duane Ford and C.J. Ross seeing it in favor of Bradley and Jerry Roth siding with Pacquiao.

The rematch that Bradley thought he would get may be on hold, at least for a while, however. Arum, whose company promotes both fighters, said his feeling that Pacquiao had won a wide decision had not changed a day later. But because of the outcry among the fans and media, many of whom accused Arum of somehow rigging the outcome, the veteran promoter said he would demand an investigation.


Ford spoke by telephone to Yahoo! Sports on Sunday. He said the criticism is a part of the job he accepts, but said those criticizing the outcome are almost certainly not familiar with the way fights are judged.

“If this were American Idol, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won,” Ford said. “But it was not. I gave an honest opinion. I had Pacquiao up 4-2, I think, at the end of six rounds. I thought he hurt Bradley a couple of times early in the fight. But when the bell rang to end that round, it was over and what happens in one round doesn’t carry over to the next round. They’re separate units.

Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin, said he was fine if Arum chose not to arrange a rematch. He said Top Rank promotes Bradley and owes him a fight. If it chose not to make a rematch with Pacquiao, it would have to book a different fight for Bradley. Pacquiao’s next fight almost certainly will not be in Las Vegas after the uproar over Saturday’s fight.

So, who do you think really won the match — Pacquiao or Bradley?  Did Bradley win the fight fair and square? Voice out your opinions below!

Source: Yahoo News

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Pastor’s Corporal Punishment Advices Cause Child Deaths?

Tennessee pastor Michael Pearl came under fire after several children have died in the recent years due to extreme corporal punishment inflicted by parents who seriously followed his controversial parenting advises in his book.

Pearl, 66, and his wife Debi, 60, said that the systematic use of “the rod” is effective in disciplining children. Their self-published book of 670,000 copies, To Train Up a Child, contains instructions on how to hit six-month-old children with a switch, and other things such as a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line. Pearl says older children should be hit with a belt, wooden spoon or willow switch. These methods are based on “the same principles the Amish use to train their stubborn mules.”

In September, Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley, Washington were charged with homicide by abuse after their adopted daughter Hana, 11, died from hypothermia and malnutrition. She was found naked and emaciated in their backyard. Hana, originally from Ethiopia, had been deprived of food for days and was forced to sleep in an unheated barn. Heeding Pearl’s advice — “a little fasting is good training” — the couple beat Hana with a plastic tube. Carri even gave a copy of the book to a friend. [Read more…]