For all those wondering if Manny Pacquiao's great rival Juan Manuel Marquez would be jumping for joy following the Filipino's bogus loss to Timothy Bradley last night in Las Vegas, it doesn't seem as though he is.
Marquez told BoxingScene.com that he scored it wide for Pacquiao, and didn't think the fight was close:
"I didn't think the fight was that close. I think Pacquiao won by at least five points. ... No it doesn't make me happy that he lost that way but now he knows how I felt this past November."
Obviously the second part is, you know, "me me me" ego stuff, and that's fine, really. Marquez is a proud fighter who believes he won.
But look, I scored Pacquiao vs Marquez III for Marquez. I thought he won that fight. I did think there was an argument for a draw, maybe a very, very tight Pacquiao win.
This time I don't see the arguments for Tim Bradley. I don't think the fights really compare at all. Manny probably doesn't know how Marquez felt, because Marquez got the short end, in my view, in a tremendously competitive fight where style preferences do come into play.
This wasn't that. That wasn't this. This was something else entirely. And no, there's no make believe "karma" that makes this alright. It won't be alright if Gabriel Campillo starts getting robbery wins, either.