The pay-per-view boxing category suffered a major body blow Saturday as top PPV boxing draw Manny Pacquiao lost a controversial split decision to undefeated Timothy Bradley Jr.
Pacquiao seemed to control the fight with hard power punches throughout the competitive 12-round fight, and HBO on-air judge Harold Letterman unofficially scored an easy unanimous decision for Pacquiao. But two of three official judges scored the fight for Bradley, who in defeating Pacquiao won the World Boxing Organization welterweight title.
The decision all but eliminates a potential fall fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., which many observers believe could be the biggest PPV event of all time. Bob Arum, president of the fight's promotion company Top Rank Inc. has already targeted Nov. 10 for a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley.
Mayweather's next fight is up in the air as he is currently serving a 90-day jail sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend.