The controversy over the outcome in the Pacquiao-Bradley championship boxing bout reminds us that we can expect similar controversies at the Olympic Games later this summer. While it's impossible to prevent referees from influencing outcomes entirely, perhaps Olympic officials should try to eliminate the authority of judges to determine an athlete's score in a competition, as happens now with gymnastics, diving and some other sports (e.g., ice skating in the Winter Games).
Imagine if Tim Tebow's touchdowns counted for fewer points than those of Aaron Rodgers because they were less pleasing aesthetically. There should be ways to bring more objectivity to the scoring of an athlete's performance in all sports. Indeed, there were objective measures that supported a decision in favor of Pacquaio. He landed more total punches and more power punches than Bradley, and he also landed a higher percentage of his punches than Bradley.
Scoring in gymnastics is more objective than it once was, but it's troubling that it still takes six judges to determine a gymnast's execution score. If that many judges are needed, there's too much subjectivity involved for a competition that's supposed to identify the best performance.