Pacquiao-Bradley judge Duane Ford speaks out about judging the fight

The boxing world is still in an uproar over Timothy Bradley’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao. While many believe that Pacquiao was robbed by the decision, one of the judges believes that people just don’t understand how fights are judged.

Duane Ford, one of two judges that scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley, spoke to Yahoo! Sports to explain the way he saw the fight and why he scored it the way he did.

“If this were ‘American Idol’, without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao would have won,” Ford said. “But it was not. I gave an honest opinion. I had Pacquiao up 4-2, I think, at the end of six rounds. I thought he hurt Bradley a couple of times early in the fight. But when the bell rang to end that round, it was over and what happens in one round doesn’t carry over to the next round. They’re separate units.

“In the second half of the fight, Pacquiao picked off a lot of punches to the head, but Bradley landed some hard body shots. That hurt Pacquiao. I don’t mean it hurt him in the sense of it physically hurting him, but in terms of scoring and piling up points. Bradley did an excellent job standing his ground as a boxer. Remember, it’s a boxing match and Bradley demonstrated his ability to box expertly.”

“In pro boxing, you look for damage, and if the punches are equal and the damage is equal, you are looking for effective aggression, and that does not necessarily mean the guy going forward,” Ford said. “Effective aggression can be a guy going back. And then you look at ring generalship, and that’s all about control.

“When you score a fight of that magnitude, you know the criticism comes with the job. But unless you are totally focused on that scoring zone for three minutes, it’s impossible to score the fight correctly. I know you can’t do it talking into a microphone. It was a close fight in my mind that could have gone either way. The result was nothing more than three judges giving an honest opinion, and nothing other than that.”

As you see, Ford’s explanation is littered with the word, “opinion”. And that’s exactly why boxing will always be thought to be fixed or corrupt by many.

In Ford’s mind, he was just trying to do his job to the best of his ability. But because of the way boxing is perceived these days, his best ability is certainly not enough.

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  1. Suzette Hart says:

    I’m a Christian female and I don’t know anything about boxing, but one thing I do know is the bible and some of my Heavenly Fathers way.

    Pastor Pacquiao was not suppose to win because his Heavenly Father didn’t want him to. Everything gos before the throne of God and He makes the final decision, which He did in this case also. See, sometime what we think is bad is not really bad. A lot of people think that it was a bad thing that Pastor Pacquiao lost, but those are people that don’t know Gods way. You see, God called Pastor Pacquiao to be a pastor. It was time for him to stop! fighting. Sometimes we don’t know when to stop something and so we feel we should go on, and just maybe Pastor Pacquiao put the fight in Gods hands and said let YOUR (GODS) will be done. How many real pastors run a church and are professional boxers???

    He should have retired due to him being called to be a pastor and none of this stuff would have be going on now. Even his wife said she sees a big difference in him now that hes a pastor, and that her life is much better than when he was boxing and staying up all night with women and liquor.. She said he was! a mess…..

    I believe Pastor Pacquiao knows that his life is in Gods hands and it was God decision. I don’t believe hes worried about the fight like some of the these people are, but what can I say?? They don’t know God……..

    All I have to say is…….Pastor Pacquiao, keep building your relationship with God. Keep up the good work pastoring, you know your Heavenly Father is all about saving souls…….

    • Guy Marek says:

      This has nothing to do with Bradley being a pastor, congressman, public servant, or world renowned public figure. Pacquiao out-landed Bradley 2 to 1 in punches and landed with more force and effectiveness.

      This result was the 3rd worst I’ve seen in 60 years. Freddie Little beat Sandro Mazzingi by a wide margin in every round in 1960’s Rome Italy, but was robbed blind. Lennox Lewis beat Evander Holyfield every round in their first fight, but was robbed blind.

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