Oscar De La Hoya was among the millions of boxing fans who was deeply troubled by the outcome of the June 9 Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley world welterweight title fight.
De La Hoya said he was aghast when the split decision was announced and thought Pacquiao was the clear winner. Veteran judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford saw it 115-113 for Bradley, while another seasoned official, Jerry Roth, had it 115-113, this time for Pacquiao.
"There's no doubt about it," De La Hoya told the Desert Sun newspaper a couple of days ago.
De La Hoya, a future Hall of Famer and whose last fight - a stoppage defeat to Pacquiao in December 2008 forced him into retirement - even reviewed the fight a few times to determine if had erred in assessing the fight.
"I watched it over and over again. I turned down the volume, I turned up the volume, I put it up on giant screen TV, anything. I thought Manny Pacquiao won the fight," said the Golden Boy.
The World Boxing Organization, the Puerto Rico-based governing body that supervised the match in tandem with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, later reviewed the fight and ruled it in favor of Pacquiao but could not overturn the decision.
Still, De La Hoya, now 39, thought Bradley put up a valiant effort against Pacquiao.