Vegas sportsbooks furious with Pacquiao-Bradley result

You won’t find an article saying underdog Tim Bradley Jr. rightfully won a 12-round decision against Manny Pacquiao. What you will read is everyone calling this one of the worst results in boxing’s long shady history.

Two of the three fight judges (CJ Ross and Duane Ford) scored Bradley 115-113. The third judge (Jerry Roth) had it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao. The Las Vegas Review Journal and the Associated Press scored the fight 117-111 in favor of Pacquiao, while ESPN.com and Harold Lederman – HBO’s unofficial judge – had it 119-111, again in favor of Pacquiao. Even Bradley’s corner had PacMan winning eight of the 12 rounds, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

When mainstream media types hint at corruption, you know it’s not going to go over well at Las Vegas sportsbooks. Bradley was a live dog, priced between +330 and +375 in the fight, and not all books were happy about cashing those tickets.

Las Vegas Hotel and Casino oddsmaker Jeff Sherman said it was a bad result but that wasn’t what got under his skin.

"I can live with losses but not with corruption,” Sherman said in an email to Covers.

Shortly after last night’s controversial decision, Sherman’s boss and sportsbook director at LVH SuperBook, Jay Kornegay, tweeted:

“I know it won’t happen but I feel this should be the last boxing match we’ll ever book @LVSuperBook. #ridiculous”

Caesars Entertainment sportsbook analyst Todd Fuhrman suggested on Twitter that there’s an argument for discontinuing booking boxing in Nevada.

“…state doesn’t allow us to book events that are voted upon, thinking boxing should fall under this clause now.”

Statistics tell the story. Pacquiao landed more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds, he landed 34 percent of his punches compared to 19 percent for Bradley, and PacMan connected with more power blows (190 to 108).

Even those who benefited from the result were outraged.

“Bradley by decision was the best result possible for us,” Cantor Gaming sportsbook director Mike Colbert told Covers in an email Sunday morning. “That being said, it was the worst decision I've seen in my lifetime. Even worse than the first Lennox Lewis-Holyfield fight.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum represents both Bradley and Pacquiao, and couldn’t believe the decision.

“I’ve never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight,” Arum told reporters. “I’m going to make a lot of money on the rematch, but this was outrageous.”

“I went over to Bradley before the decision, and he said, ‘I tried hard but I couldn’t beat the guy.’”

Following the fight, Joe Fortenbaugh, Vegas resident and writer for The National Football Post, tweeted:

“I have a winning ticket on Bradley and I'm sick to my stomach over that. Will still cash it, but I am completely stunned.”

The rematch is expected to happen in November.

Update: Jay Kornegay emailed and said the result “wasn't that bad. Compare to an above average pro football game. We'll survive. Terrible for sport and betting.”

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Posted by sapolean
2 years ago

On pac man
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Posted by Vesco
2 years ago

I thought Pacquiao won 8 to 4 rounds but I must admit he DID NOT look good in the fight! He looked alittle OLD to be honest, throwing wildly & missing alot!
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Posted by HeadOverHeart
2 years ago

More proof why MMA will overtake boxing completely in the next 5-10 years. While there has been some dubious decisions in MMA as well, on the whole, it shouldn't get to the level that boxing has.
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Posted by kengoone
2 years ago

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Posted by kengoone
2 years ago

Cj Ross and Duane Ford are 71 and 74 years old respectively - that in itself is a problem that no one has mentioned - To OLD to see what's going on! Who would want to be officiated by ANY person that old? Can you imagine a baseball umpire or NFL official who is 74? Really?
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Posted by NOTHINGTODO
2 years ago

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Posted by NOTHINGTODO
2 years ago

“I have a winning ticket on Bradley and I'm sick to my stomach over that. Will still cash it, but I am completely stunned.” SICK TO YOUR STOMACH YEA SURE GUY SEND THE MONEY TO ME LOL
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Posted by casinojoe
2 years ago

In big fights. Is the fight fixed or is the JUDGES fixed?
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Posted by julius18
2 years ago

Could the 2 judges' cronies or relatives bet against pacquiao? I wonder.
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Posted by sports_Network
2 years ago

Ashton Grewal, It's clear, their is something seriously wrong here! is this actually going to go unchallenged? are we dealing with criminal intent? was the fix in? many, many unanswered questions; watched the fight on TV could not figure out how on earth could a professional boxing judge, sanctioned by the Nevada Boxing Commission, licensed, and certified; possibly go with 115-113 Bradley? not one but two judges, which makes this scenario even more interesting. I believe boxing has resurrected it's early era of corruption, when the 'fix' was part of the game, figuring out the outcome of the fix is another story...good article
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Posted by Ashton_Grewal
2 years ago

Thanks for commenting Sports_Network. Johnny Avello at the Wynn echoed Cantor Gaming boss Mike Colbert's comment: Great result for our book, terrible result for boxing. Avello suggested that these judges are too old. Thought they might have a hard time scoring the fight because of deteriorating eyesight. And he wasn't being a smart-ass or anything. He thinks some of these older judges need to be replaced with younger, more competent guys. Thanks for reading!
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Posted by BESTPICKSNOW
2 years ago

I THINK THE DECISION TAKEN IN CONSIDERING THE UNDEFEATED BRADLEY, IMPORTING ONLY THAT ...! BRADLEY IS GOOD ENOUGH HAPPENING HITS ... BUT NEVER WON THE FIGHT ..!
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Posted by fever
2 years ago

Fix or no fix, as long as the books pay on the winning tickets then I'm good with that. CAll it the Gambling Gods finally giving one to the bettor. I can't tell you how many football bets I lost because of taking a knee with 1st and goal at the half yard line instead of punching it in, or a deliberatly missed free through in basketball.... the books don't mind keeping my money then ....
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Posted by oldtexx
2 years ago

Not saying all those millions were not bet, but they were sure not bet in Vegas. I do agree that any book that takes fight action is raising their skirt.
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Posted by THE-KID
2 years ago

If boxing wanted to fix it, they could and would. Before everybody over analyzes what to do to the judges, promoters, governing bodies, etc, I have your solution. ROUND BY ROUND SCORING! If a crappy/fixed score is underway, the boxer about to get screwed can at least adjust his game plan. THIS is why boxing sucks!
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Posted by MLBChamp
2 years ago

I'd the damn sportsbooks aren't prepared to payout regardless of the outcomes, they should consider exiting the business and try to go scam someone else. It's bullshit that customers have to fight these facilities for payouts on the outcomes of the games. Assholes
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Posted by pinoy1da
2 years ago

no coin on the fight but my people were mad as f**k.
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Posted by sirrobinhood
2 years ago

worst decision ive seen in 40 years. pacman, tho not as sharp as in the past was laughing when bradley hit him. every stat pointed to pacman, who won at least 9 rounds. this decision is a disgrace and just another black eye for boxing. i had had no action at stake. utterly disgraceful, the 2 jusges who had bradley winning 7 rounds should never judge a fight again.
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Posted by bizkilla
2 years ago

flashy, you must realize that trends reverse at some point and time. So LA will lose away
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Posted by edmanz
2 years ago

Those sleepy idiot judges got even with Pacman for delaying the fight, it's past their bedtime. The real losers are those who bet money on Pacman.
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Posted by ZeGorGeOUs
2 years ago

Arum won this one.
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Posted by Ashton_Grewal
2 years ago

ZeGorGeOUs. Amazing avatar.
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Posted by aisaac
2 years ago

Someone said it earlier in this thread...sometimes you have to go with value betting. I got Bradley at +325 and the fact that Pac had never faced an undefeated opponent gave me another reason to give it a shot. I am well aware it appears to be fixed, especially to "force" a rematch, but if we're supposed to bet without feeling, then that was the right call. Pac had no value prior to the match, yet people put up ridiculous amounts just to win a little. If you follow boxing, and believe that sometimes matches are fixed (as in the Marquez/Pacquio fight), then why even chance it?
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Posted by flashy23
2 years ago

This is what I don't get u all no for a fact that boxing is fixed well it don't take a rocket scientist to no all pro sports r duh whoever lots of cash is placed on the opposite side always seem to cover ever single time hmmmm coincidence?? Doubt it ppl need to wake up ur being robbed I would not ever b a fan of any of this crap MLB nba nfl hockey and speaking of hockey did any of u find it funny that kings won every road game then when everybody bet them last night they lose lol I new they would lose all week and won money off it it's fake entertainment wwe crap
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Posted by UglyKidJoe
2 years ago

PacMan will knock Bradley's head out of the solar system in the rematch.
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Posted by pinoy1da
2 years ago

"no coin on the fight but my people were mad as f**k."