WILL THE REAL WBO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION PLEASE STEP INTO THE RING?

L-R: Mayweather, Pacquiao, Vargas, Bradley
L-R: Mayweather, Pacquiao, Vargas, Bradley

LAS VEGAS, Nevada ( The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao. Then Pacquiao defeated Bradley. Then Floyd Mayweather defeated Pacquiao. Then Bradley defeated Jessie Vargas. Then Bradley becomes the new  welterweight champion.  Then  Mayweather is stripped of his WBO welterweight title. Vargas protests. Pacquiao protests.

In the sport of boxing, judges’ decisions are oftentimes controversial and the rules can be confusing. Worse, reporting  on it could be very complicated.

Even before the WBO decided to strip Mayweather of his welterweight title, that belt was already up for grabs last June 27, between Bradley and Vargas.  The bout was held at the StubHub Center in Carson, California which ended with, what else, a controversy.

Drama ensued during the June 27 fight after Referee Pat Russell stopped the fight with ten seconds left in the final round because he said he heard a bell.  Vargas had then just dealt Bradley with a mammoth right hook, and Bradley was practically out in his feet.  When Russell waved his arms, Vargas believed he had won the fight and began celebrating his upset victory. Russell then scrambled to tell everyone that he didn’t stop the fight because of a knockout. In the end the judges determined Bradley to be the winner.

So, Vargas filed a formal appeal with the California State Athletic Commission over the controversial ending of his unanimous decision loss to Bradley.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, filed an appeal with the WBO, claiming that since Mayweather’s welterweight title was won against the Filipino boxer, then he should inherit the belt, not Bradley, or Vargas if he wins his appeal.

If you are confused about this story, don’t worry.  We are, too!

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