WORLD BOXING ORG (WBO) WILL REVIEW BRADLEY WIN OVER PACQUIAO
[PHOTO - Manny Pacquiao lands a punch against Timothy Bradley in the second round of their WBO world welterweight title fight Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)]
LOS ANGELES, JUNE 15, 2012 (INQUIRER) - The World Boxing Organization will review Timothy Bradley’s shock split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, which sparked outrage among observers who thought the Filipino fight king won the bout.
Bradley, who improved to 29-0 with the victory, seized Pacquaio’s WBO welterweight world title.
But WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said in a statement that the body’s championship committee would review the fight “to take measures in accordance with the rules of procedure”.
Valcarcel said the committee will meet soon and evaluate video of the fight with the help of five “recognized international judges”.
Based on “what emerges” the committee will make a recommendation to the WBO.
“I want to clarify that in no way this says that we are doubting the capacity of these judges, which we consider as honest and competent judges,” Valcarcel said.
Saturday’s bout in Las Vegas saw judge Jerry Roth give Pacquiao the fight 115-113, but C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both had Bradley winning by the same score, despite Pacquiao appearing to land the more damaging blows throughout the contest.
The fight’s promoter, Bob Arum, questioned the competence of the judges, the selection process the Nevada State Athletic Commission used to choose them, and the fact that all came from Nevada.
While Arum said after the fight that the scoring was the result of incompetence and not corruption, on Monday he said he would ask the Nevada attorney general’s office “for a full and complete inquiry.”
On Tuesday, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid backed a probe into the decision.
“If an investigation makes everyone feel better, do the investigation,” said Reid, who represents Nevada.
Pacquiao now not so keen on Bradley rematch By Roy C. Luarca Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:40 pm | Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
[PHOTO -Manny Pacquiao AP Photo/Julie Jacobson]
HOLLYWOOD—If the rematch happens, well and good. If it doesn’t so be it.
This was the new position taken by Manny Pacquiao, Tuesday, (Wednesday in Manila) on whether he’s going to invoke his rematch clause with Timothy Bradley, who was rewarded with a dubious split decision win by the judges in their battle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Saturday.
The development came after he was informed that his promoter, Bob Arum, his fans, supporters and even local and foreign legislators have asked the Nevada State Athletic Commission to conduct and inquiry into the circumstances behind the bum decision that handed Pacquiao his first loss in the United States since bowing to Erik Morales in 2005.
“Well we have to listen to the people’s will,” Pacquiao told Manila-based sportswriters in Filipino at his room at the gated Palazzo residences here. “It’s necessary to get back their confidence in boxing.”
If ever, the rematch with Bradley will happen in Nov. 10, also at the MGM Grand.
While he’s eager to get back in the ring again with Bradley, whom he clearly defeated Saturday but was declared the winner by two of the three judges, Pacquiao said he’ll let Arum handle the pertinent matters regarding the rematch.
Pacquiao said it will depend on what the Bradley camp will demand.
“If it’s fair, then I’ll gladly fight him again.”
And if that time comes, Pacquiao said he’ll make sure that the officials, including the referee, won’t be able to interfere with the outcome of the fight.
“I wouldn’t want them to get involved again,” said Pacquiao, who bared that Bradley didn’t hurt him a bit in their 12-round duel that lured over 14,000 fans.
“I was in total control (of the fight),” said Pacquiao. “Fact is, in the 10th round, I’ve been winking to the HBO people because I know Bradley can’t beat me anymore.”
Pacquiao’s schedule remains to be uncertain so far as he intends to spend quality time with his family, wife Jinkee and their four children, in the US.
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