Responding to the public outrage created by the controversial decision in Las Vegas last Sunday, the World Boxing Organization announced on Wednesday that they will review the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley title fight.
Bradley, who was crowned as the WBO welterweight champion, shocked the world after scoring a split decision victory over the heavily-favored Filipino champion, who looked bound to score a convincing decision win, but not until the scorecards were read.
Judge Jerry Roth scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao, but Bradley escaped with the title after getting the nod of judges Duane Ford and C.J Ross, who both scored the fight 115-113 in favor of the undefeated American.
According to WBO president Francisco Valcarcel, the organization felt that a review is needed after the negative outrage that emerged after the highly controversial win of Bradley against the former pound-for-pound king.
Valcarcel said that the committee will convene soon and he will examine the fight together with five international judges to see what really transpired in the Pacquiao-Bradley bout.
However, Valcarcel clarified that the decision does not mean that the organization doubts the capabilities and integrity the judges, saying that the judges’ integrity wasn’t the vital factor for their decision to review the fight.
“I want to clarify that in no way does this say we are doubting the capacity of these judges, which we consider as honest and competent judges,” Valcarcel said.
After the review, WBO might declare the fight as a no-contest or just order an immediate rematch, which is the most probable thing to happen since the fight contract states that Pacquiao would immediately get a rematch if Bradley scores an upset win.
Pacquiao declared after the fight that he will be pushing for the rematch, although it is remains to be seen depending on how Top Rank boss Bob Arum will handle the situation.
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