MANILA, Philippines – The head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission plans to closely review how the judges came up with their decision on the controversial bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
Speaking to RingTV.com Monday, June 11 (Tuesday, June 12 in Manila), Keith Kizer, executive director of the agency, said he plans to review footage of the fight with each of the 3 judges individually, and he will ask them to explain how they arrived at their verdict.
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.
He told the website that he will examine each of the judges’ scoring criteria, and will grill them on how they scored each punch, round by round, especially in those times they disagreed.
“What I’m interested is seeing is where the rounds were close, and why one judge went this way and the other two went the other way. What was the difference in A) how close it was in their minds, and B) what was the difference in that round that they gave that round to Pacquiao or they gave that round to Bradley,” he explained to RingTV.com.
“So again, what you’re looking for is a) a good explanation and b) very similar if not the exact same criteria that the judges are applying to what they see and what they hear,” he said.
Kizer’s announcement came after promoter Bob Arum called for the commission to review the bout. Arum formally lodged a request for review on Tuesday, June 12, Manila time.
“Even bouts with less controversy, judges like to review the tape anyway,” RingTV.com quoted Kizer as saying.
He added that he plans to start the review as soon as possible.
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. – Rappler.com
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