Pacquiao ignited conspiracy theorists into suggesting the Filipino should won their “Fight Of The Century”.
Judges Glenn Feldman, Burt Clements and Dave Moretti, named ‘white’, ‘blue’ and ‘pink’ on the scorecard respectively, all award Mayweather victory on the night but in every column where they mark their scores at the end of the round, he is labelled as being in the red corner.
This is the point that has galvanised certain boxing fans into suggesting the fight may have been awarded to the wrong fighter because Mayweather was actually in the blue corner in Las Vegas. It was Pacquiao who took red.
It is very unlikely to be anything more than human error but conspiracy theorists will allege there was something sinister at hand, though there is no evidence of any intentional wrongdoing on the part of the judges.
The bottom right of the scorecard, issued by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, has ‘Mayweather won by unanimous decision’ written underneath Moretti’s name.
And several people also took to social media to question the eventual decision. As well as a whole thread about the ‘conspricy’ starting on Reddit, Twitter user ?’@OperationSyaf’ posted (sic): ‘Fight of the century? Scam of the century. (Pacquiao is in the red corner and Mayweather in the blue; reversed scores)’
Feldman and Clements gave the blue corner victory by 116-112, with Moretti marking the margin of triumph slightly greater at 118-110.
Moretti only gave the red corner two rounds – the fourth and the sixth – while Clements and Feldmen also gave the ninth and 10th to what seemed to be the 38-year-old fighter.