Although the decision of the fight cannot be reversed anymore, the World Boxing Organization shed light on the controversial Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley bout after completing their review on Thursday.
Valcarcel revealed that the five judges, who all have experience in judging big name bouts, scored the fight for the Filipino champion, 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113 – all in favor of the former WBO welterweight champion.
But despite the result of the review, Valcarcel clarified that they have no authority to reverse the decision and said that the only thing they can do is to order a rematch.
Pacquiao has the benefit of rematch clause in the fight contract, but if Pacquiao declines to exercise his option, WBO will still order the rematch to clear the air between the two fighters.
“We can’t change the result but we did this review for two reasons,” Valcarcel said in an interview with ESPN.com. “If they want to make a rematch, we will approve the rematch and if they don’t, we will order one.”
Valcarcel also added that he will be coordinating with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and suggest bringing official and judges outside of Nevada, but he clarified that he is not questioning the integrity of NSAC judges including the three who judged the Pacquiao-Bradley bout.
“We want to work together with Nevada and we think they should be open to other good officials from around the world,” Valcarcel said. “But we are not questioning the honorability of the judges who scored the fight for Bradley. They are honest people. They are good officials, too, but I don’t know what happened.”
Top Rank boss Bob Arum also reacted on the result of the review, saying that WBO and president Valcarcel acted very responsibly, and he vowed to arrange a rematch as soon as possible, with November 10 as the target date for the Pacquiao-Bradley 2 fight.
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