A surprising decision? It's a familiar story in boxing

By Tim Dahlberg

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, June 10 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

"He said, 'What do you want to do? You're in the fight of your life. Do you want to quit?'" Bradley said. "I said, 'No.'"

Bradley's manager, Cameron Dunkin, said Sunday that the fighter tore ligaments in his left foot and will have an MRI on Monday to see if any bones are fractured. He said Bradley also sprained his right ankle in the fifth round, and it was badly swollen.

"It's incredible that he fought through it," the manager said.

Dunkin said Bradley knows his win was controversial and is determined to prove critics wrong in the rematch.

"He was letting it get to him. Now he realizes the judges do their job and he should just enjoy it," he said. "Did Pacquiao ever apologize to Marquez for any of his results? No."

While the fight set up what will be a lucrative rematch for both fighters, it may also quiet talk about a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather that now seems destined never to happen. With Mayweather currently serving a three-month sentence in the Clark County Detention center — where the Pacquiao fight was not shown — and Pacquiao gearing up for a rematch with Bradley, there are even more obstacles to the megafight than before.

In the Philippines, meanwhile, fans took the loss harder than Pacquiao himself. They booed and yelled "Manny was cheated" after watching the fight in public parks and gyms throughout the country. Some even burst into tears in disbelief that their hero — who is also a Filipino congressman — could lose.

"He's a national and a world hero," said librarian Gina Tubo. "He inspires people and entertains them away from their troubles, so this is really shocking to all of us and I wept because he didn't lose."

He did lose, though, because the judges said he lost. That happens in boxing, and now Pacquiao no longer has the welterweight title he brought into the ring.

The sport can be filled with heartache, but it's made Pacquiao rich and famous, and an icon in his country. Maybe that was why he wasn't the one doing the screaming after his loss.

"That's how we love this boxing," Pacquiao said. "In your heart you know I was winning the fight. But it's OK. It's part of the game."

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