Top Ten Controversial Boxing Decisions(With Pictures)

The sweet science, as a competitive sport, is not free from its own share of controversial decisions. Until today, there is no exact science how to score a boxing match. How exactly do you score a tactical match between a brawler and a tactical boxer? Until today, the boxing commissions use the 10 point must system to determine a winner of a professional boxing match. But controversial boxing decisions aren’t limited to scoring problems. It also ranges from close matches to pre-mature stoppages. Over the years, we had our share of these matches. Here are top 10 controversial boxing decisions on our list!

10. Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 1 (2004)

There wasn’t a single boring fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. The Filipino slugger was fresh from his KO victory versus Marco Antonio Barrera when he fought Marquez for the first time.

The first time Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez faced each other in 2004, boxing fans witnessed the birth of an epic rivalry that would span for a decade. Both fighters had their share of moments. Pacquiao would knockdown Marquez in the first round three times, only to have the fight end in a draw.

You may argue that the fight was a 12 round match and Marquez had some moments. On the other hand, what makes this match in our list of top 10 controversial boxing decisions is the mistake of a judge on his scorecard. Instead of scoring the first round 6-10 in favor of Pacquiao for the three knockdowns, he scored it a 7-10.

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