Ni Gilbert Espeña
KINONDENA ng pamosong trainer at beteranong boxing analyst ng ESPN na si Teddy Atlas ang ‘unanimous decision’ na panalo ni Aussie Jeff Horn kay 11-time champion Manny Pacquiao nitong Linggo sa Brisbane, Australia.
Binansagan niya itong pinakamalaking korupsiyon sa kasaysayan ng boksing.
Maraming tumuligsa sa resulta ng sagupaan na nakita ng buong mundo, kabilang na si Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach na tinawag na inutil ang Amerikanong referee na si Mark Nelson dahil sa kawalan ng aksiyon sa maduming taktika ng Aussie fighter.
“It’s only one of two things, it’s either incompetence or corruption. When you see 117-111, I don’t think anyone could be that incompetent. I’m sorry. If you know the sport, you watch the sport, you can’t be that incompetent,” pahayag ni Atlas sa panayam ng The Herd Now sa Australia. “You see who’s landing clean, who’s just throwing, who’s not landing clean, who almost got knocked out, you can’t be that incompetent. So what else could it be? Corruption.
“I’m sorry. I love this sports, it’s the greatest sport in the world. It was a great day, a great night back where you guys are,” aniya. “It was great for the fans out there to get it on free TV, brought back to free TV where boxing belongs. It was great! It was great theater. There’s no theater like boxing. Nothing. But the decision stunk.”
Natalo si Pacquiao sa 12-round unanimous decision nitong Linggo sa harap ng 51,000 katao sa Brisbane, Australia at maraming humula na tulad ng unang laban kay Timothy Bradley ay minaniobra ni Top Rank promoter Bob Arum ang pagluto kay Pacquiao.