MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has submitted a formal request to the Nevada State attorney general for an investigation into the controversial result of the recent fight between Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley.
“The public has the right to know. The fighters have a right to know,” Arum said in a statement.
Bradley won the bout via split decision to take the World Boxing Organization welterweight title. The decision was met with outcry from boxing fans, many of whom said Pacquiao should have won.
Arum said an investigation by an independent body is the only way to “restore fans’ confidence” in the sport.
Two judges, CJ Ross and Duane Ford, scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley, while the third judge Jerry Roth had Pacquiao as winner by the same score.
Arum slammed the judges in the post-fight news conference, saying he has “never been as ashamed to be associated with boxing.”
Pacquiao himself was upset about his loss. He said he felt he out-punched Bradley and landed more devastating blows than him. He wants a rematch.
Arum, whose company promotes both athletes, said a rematch would only happen once an investigation into the recent fight is launched. – Rappler.com
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