By all accounts, the Pacquiao-Bradley decision Saturday night was a farce. The usual cries of fraud and corruption ensued, but let's not pretend to be shocked. Bogus decisions come with the territory in this sport. In fact, the case could be made that the controversy is an attraction. It certainly provoked conversation, among other things.
Here are five notable puzzlers:
Trinidad won a majority decision with two judges siding with him and another scoring it a draw. De La Hoya hurt his own case by coasting the final few rounds after building up a lead on the scorecards, but the stats backed up his argument. Trinidad landed 166 of 462 punches while De La Hoya landed 263 of 648, and the so-called power punches were practically even.
Walcott (left) knocked down Louis, the champ, in the first round and again in the fourth. It wasn't enough as Louis took a split decision. The outcry in the press prompted a rematch, in which Walcott continued to fare well until Louis rallied for a knockout.
This was officially ruled a draw as two judges scored the fight even while one gave the nod to Whitaker. Sports Illustrated responded with a one-word headline on its cover: "Robbed!" Some observers, including SI, had Whitaker winning nine of the 12 rounds.
This match was for a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and Park got the benefit of more than just home cooking. Jones landed 86 punches. Park managed 32. But Park received a 3-2 decision. One judge claimed he sided with Park even though it had been a one-sided affair because he felt bad about the local kid being shut out in the final. But with two others making the same bizarre call, allegations of outright bribery followed, and the Olympics was forced to change its scoring system.
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