Mom Shares Bizarre Explanation For Manny Pacquiao’s Loss

Mom Shares Bizarre Explanation For Manny Pacquiao's LossEveryone has his own reason for Juan Manuel Marquez’s stunning knockout of Manny Pacquiao. Some say it was a lucky punch while others say Pacquiao had it coming. Of all the explanations put forth, perhaps the most unique is the one offered by Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia Pacquiao. Dionisia, a devout Catholic, blamed her son’s loss on his change of religion.

‘Has not focus’

Pacquiao grew up Catholic but recently converted to Protestantism.

“That’s what he gets for changing his religion,”Dionisia said in an interview in General Santos City. “Since the ‘Protestant’ pastors came into his life, he has not focus on his boxing.”

Dionisia says Manny has been distracted by his new faith, and she is not afraid to “face the pastors no matter who they are.”

‘Much-publicized religious transformation’

“Why did they take my son?” Dionisia asked, according to according to Yahoo! Sports Philippines. “When he was quiet and was a champion when he belonged to his former religion?”

Pacquiao has now lost to Timothy Bradley and Marquez since his much-publicized religious transformation earlier this year. But before fighting Bradley, Pacquiao swore that, if anything, he was a better boxer because of his new faith.

Do you believe that Manny Pacquiao’s change of religion had something to do with his losing streak in the field of boxing? Team Pacquiao or Team Marquez?

Source: The Post Game

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WBO Investigation: Pacquiao Defeated Bradley

Five independent judges hired by the World Boxing Organization became the latest to conclude that Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley when they fought for the welterweight title on June 9 in Las Vegas.

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced on June 13 he would have a panel of what he called “five international judges” review the scoring of the highly controversial bout. Bradley won a split decision and ended Pacquiao’s seven-year winning streak in a result that outraged the sporting world. Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross each scored the bout 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth saw it 115-113 for Pacquiao.

The outrage at the call was so great that less than 24 hours after the bout concluded, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told Yahoo! Sports he would ask Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto to investigate the fight. Arum wants the investigation because the public and many boxing websites have accused him of fixing the fight and having a hand in the judging.

Valcarcel would not identify the five judges he had review the tape of the fight, but he said they were well-known, respected officials.He said all five scored it for Pacquiao. One of the judges had it 118-110, or 10 rounds to two. Two of them had it 117-111 (the same that Yahoo! Sports scored it on fight night), one had it 116-112 and the other had it as Roth did, 115-113.

Valcarcel kept a promise not to strip Bradley of the belt. He ordered a rematch, but there was a rematch clause in the contract and Pacquiao has said he wants to exercise it. Upon hearing the news of the WBO’s reviews, Pacquiao told reporters in the Philippines he was pleased and that he would defeat Bradley in a rematch to regain the title. Arum, though, said he wouldn’t agree to a rematch until he spoke with Pacquiao and explained the ramifications.

Should a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley take place on November, which boxer would you bet on?

Source: Yahoo News

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