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In the most anticipated boxing match of the year, Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao by split decision last night - and almost everyone who watched it believes the fight was fixed.

Pacquiao landed 253 punches to 159 for Bradley, with Compubox statistics proving the former also connected on more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.

The Associated Press had Pacquiao winning 117-111, but that service doesn't get a vote. Instead, Bradley was named the winner - by a score of 115-113 - on the scorecards of judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross.

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"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight," said Bob Arum, who promoted both fighters, soon after the outcome was announced. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, `I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy.'"

Adding fuel to the allegations of foul play? Bradley had printed out a poster for a November 10 rematch prior to this bout, something that would only occur if he defeated Pacquiao.

A consensus is building that the judges/Powers That Be in boxing arranged a Bradley victory solely to ensure another big pay-per-view buy in five months.

"I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous," Arum said.

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Manny Pacquiao is standing by his criticism of same-sex marriage, but denies giving some of the strongly-worded quotes in a recent article about his views.

The athlete, regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on Earth, criticized gay marriage in the wake of President Obama's recent support of it.

Pacquiao DOES NOT, however, believe gay people should be put to death, or treated intolerantly, blaming the media for distorting his take on the subject.

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Manny has been under scrutiny since the National Conservative Examiner published an interview in which he said that gay marriage is against the will of God.

The article includes a reference to Leviticus 20:13, which says gays "must be put to death." But Pacquiao says he never said that or referenced the verse.

The boxer said in a statement, "I didn’t say that, it’s a lie ... I didn’t even know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet."

He also made a point to say, "I’m not against gay people ... I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way."

"What I’m critical of [sic] are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God.”

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Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is pointedly criticizing President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage, calling it offensive to his religion.

In an interview, the religious Pacquiao said that Obama's view was nothing more than a direct attack on the morals of society and the will of God.

"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other," Manny Pacquiao said.

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"It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old," he added, citing the Bible.

He described same-sex marriage as an "abomination" and went on to say that America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate.

Recently voted Forbes' fourth most influential athlete, the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, and already has a burgeoning career out of the ring.

He is a member of the Philippines legislature, hosts a weekly TV game show and has his own vegetable business. Manny Pacquiao also hopes to become a leading Christian evangelist after having a religious "awakening."

Last week, Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly back gay marriage.

Many politicians, pundits and stars have weighed in - Jay-Z praised Obama Monday, while Bristol Palin ripped him last week - but members of the sporting community have been largely silent until Pacquiao's condemnation.

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