Pacquiao Won Over Bradley, WBO Judges Say in Their Review
Timothy Bradley Jr. won in a controversial split decision against Manny Pacquiao in the recently held Welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Based on the official scorecard, judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both had it for Bradley, 115-113.
Bradley’s victory became one of the hottest topics in boxing. The decision of the judges sparked massive outrage within the boxing community and even had two United States senators pushing for the creation of a national boxing commission to regulate the sport, prompting World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel to order a review.
Paco sent special five-man panel to review the video of the Pacquiao-Bradley boxing fight. Based on the results, all five-member panel of judges have unanimously scored in favor of Manny Pacquiao with two judges scoring it 117-111, while the other three scored it 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113.
Top Rank head Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley and who called for an investigation of the bout, called the findings a “Solomon-like conclusion”.
“That’s a Solomon-like conclusion. Paco is a good man, he really is. I have great respect for him and what he says. It’s appropriate for him to make that final conclusion,” Arum said.
Pacquiao said he was elated by the decision, describing it as proof of “justice.” He expressed the hope that the decision would bring back boxing fans’ faith in the sport. He also thanked his fans for supporting him all throughout.
However, despite the scores the five judges gave in favor of Pacquiao, Paco said that the organization’s rules do not allow for the bout being overturned, but that “the only thing that we can do is authorize a rematch.”
Pacquiao and Bradley’s fight contract contains a rematch clause, scheduled for November 10. But Arum and other Top Rank officials have said that it’s not yet sure as Pacquiao is reportedly considering a fourth match with Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico for that date.