The controversial split decision that awarded Manny Pacquiao his 62nd career victory was immediately met with suspicion and outrage — and not because of the ultimate outcome.
Pacquiao won via split decision to claim the WBA welterweight crown and hand Keith Thurman his first career loss.
But one judge’s decision to score the fight in Thurman’s favour drew the ire of the broadcast team, who called for him to be dropped for all future fights. Two judges scored the bout 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Glenn Feldman scored it 114-113 for Thurman.
“That is absolutely sickening. What the hell was he watching,” commentator Ray Flores said on the MAIN EVENT broadcast said.
“That judge who had the fight in favour of Keith Thurman should never be able to judge a professional fight again. Because he is bad at his job.
“Thank god for the two judges who had it right.”
His co-commentator Kendall Gill agreed, adding: “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
Pacquiao (62-7-2) dropped his previously unbeaten American opponent with a combination late in the first round, and dominated the opening rounds with a combination of flair and power that recalled the prime of the only eight- division champion in boxing history.
Thurman (29-1) showed remarkable tenacity in rallying through the middle rounds, repeatedly testing Pacquiao’s chin with big shots before relinquishing his WBA welterweight super title.