It was a result that stunned the world, even by modern professional boxing standards.
On Saturday night in Las Vegas the brilliant Filipino Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight belt to Timothy Bradley in a controversial split-decision defeat. In the ensuing controversy - which has raised allegations of corruption once again - the UK betting company Paddy Power has rolled out one of what it terms ‘Justice Payouts’.
Online punters who had placed a bet on Pacquiao to win outright or on points have been refunded. The company has returned the money to their accounts.
Jerry Roth was the only judge to awarded the fight to Pacquiao, with fellow judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford giving it to Bradley, from California. As Pacquiao had clearly dominated ten of the twelve rounds, the result was inexplicable and is already in the books as one of the worst decisions in recent memory.
Pacquiao was diplomatic - “I respect the decision but 100 per cent I believe I won the fight” - but promoter Bob Arum wants the Attorney-General for Nevada to investigate.
Paddy Power is an Irish bookmaker and is known for its controversial advertising campaigns and betting markets. It has drawn criticism in the past for offering controversial markets such as odds on the first species to be driven to extinction by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, on an assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama and on the potential extinction of the polar bear.
Paddy Power's advertising campaigns have also been criticised; one showed sight-impaired footballers kicking a cat, for which the Advertising Standards Authority received 400 complaints and they received hundreds of complaints in February 2012 with an advertising campaign to spot "the stallions from the mares" by placing transgender women in the crowds at the Cheltenham Festival.
Further criticism was aimed at the Irish firm in March 2012 when, in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival, they added a 'jockey' to the famous hill carving of a white horse in Uffington, Oxfordshire
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