Conspiracy Theory - Arum wanted Pacquiao knocked off?! I simply can't buy into this...
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (June 11, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Manny Pacquiao lands on Timothy Bradley - Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing.
I've heard that perhaps Top Rank and Boxing promoter Bob Arum wanted to get Manny Pacquiao knocked off and they were behind this unpopular decision. Uh, yeah, the only problem with that Oliver Stone-esque theory in my opinion is that there is a very limited upside for Timothy Bradley in terms of being a crossover star that Pacquiao has become. And unless someone can show me some real evidence that Manny's deal with Top Rank was ending and seriously contemplating leaving, I simply can't buy into this.
Just my opinion, if they were going to cash out Pacquiao, it would be in a fight with Floyd Mayweather for all the marbles, not Bradley. And by the way, Pacquiao is pretty damn important to Top Rank. Them getting him beat on purpose is akin to the OKC Thunder trading away Kevin Durant.
And do you think for one moment that based on public reaction and how that fight played out that Pacquiao's contractual minimums will really change?
Sometimes a bad decision is just that- a bad decision. And nothing more.

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