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    'Vegas robbery' leaves Twitter users bitter 

    Jun 10, 2012
    The stunning result left a lot of sad faces in a public viewing in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Jerome Ascano

    Cyberspace was abuzz in the aftermath of the controversial fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, with sports stars, celebrities and plain netizens quick on their fingers as they weighed in on the Filipino champion's shock loss.

    Former ring champions Lennox Lewis and Oscar De La Hoya, Shaquille O'Neal and New York Knicks' Taiwanese-American star Jeremy Lin were among the first to express disgust over what they felt was a decision that was another 'stain' to boxing's reputation.

    "Unbelievable! #PacBradley This is another stain on boxing. Even worse than my draw with [Evander} Holyfield! #Disgraceful," said former world heavyweight champion Lewis on his Twitter account.

    "I gave Bradley last three rounds but #NotEnough. Pac wins easily."

    Even Fil-Mexican Jessica Sanchez, who sang the Star Spangled Banner before the bout, waded into the controversy. "Congrats to the new winner but I'm still really upset about the results :(," the American Idol alum tweeted.

    Lewis, however, laid part of the blame on Pacquiao's inability to knock underdog Bradley out. "Unfortunately this is what can happen when u leave it to the judges," he tweeted.

    Miley Cyrus echoed the sentiment: "Yo manny! you just gotta remember what my daddy @billyraycyrus always told me "when you knock em out, you dont need no judge!" the singer-actress tweeted.

    However, De La Hoya, who was badly beaten by Pacquiao in their own match-up in 2008, was convinced Bradley should have "given the belt and announce victory to paquiao right after the decision."

    Lin posted on his Twitter account a quote supposedly attributed by ESPN to the fight's promoter, Bob Arum: "Unbelievable," Bob Arum said. "I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, 'I tried hard but couldnt beat the guy." - ESPN."

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    O'Neal, for his part, tweeted: "I watched allota fights but that decision was some bs." 

    Other celebrities who expressed their disgust over the result were Fil-American singer Bruno Mars, Dana White and Mario Lopez, a regular at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym who called the fight from ringside.

    "The JUDGES need to be drug tested! What fight were they watching?!," he said. "I need a drink."

    Hours after the bout, #ripboxing and ?#mannypacquiaoisstilltheworldsbestboxer were among the top trending topics on Twitter.

    However, not all Twitters saw it the same way.

    Kendall Holt, who lost to Bradley despite scoring two knockdowns in their fight three years ago, said that "Now Pacquiao knows how Marquez felt," recalling the ring icon's own controversial win over Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez in November.

    Briton Ricky Hatton, another Pacquiao victim, said the Filipino was the clear winner against Bradley and wondered how the loss would impact on the highly anticipated Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight.

    "Bit gutted as the Mayweather fight has not vanished hasn't it?" he said.

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    The stunning result left a lot of sad faces in a public viewing in Sta. Mesa, Manila. Jerome Ascano
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