Timothy Bradley promised to shock, though the biggest shock in his fight with Manny Pacquiao came from the judges' scorecards.
In a fight Pacquiao seemed to have in hand, two judges decided otherwise, giving Bradley a split decision Saturday night and ending the Filipino fighter's remarkable seven-year unbeaten run.
Promoter Bob Arum fumed, the crowd at the MGM Grand arena booed, and Pacquiao seemed stunned when the decision was announced. Arum said there would be a November rematch, though he blasted the way the decision went down.
"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight," said Arum, who handles both fighters.
The result also reverberated through another part of Las Vegas. Jay Kornegay, director of the sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hilton, was so displeased with the outcome that he said via his Twitter account that his casino should stop accepting wagers on boxing. "I know it won't happen but I feel this should be the last boxing match we'll ever book #ridiculous," Kornegay tweeted. Read more: