Thursday, June 21, 2012

WBO : Pacquiao won ; both fighters want the rematch

Source : Ring TV

A five-member panel of judges convened by WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel has unanimously scored in favor of  Manny Pacquiao after watching video of Tim Bradley's disputed split-decision victory that dethroned Pacquiao as welterweight titleholder on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The results were released to on Wednesday.

"That's a Solomon-like conclusion. Paco is a good man, he really is. I have great respect for him and what he says," said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley. "It's appropriate for him to make that final conclusion."

On the night of the fight, Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts) defeated Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) by scores of 115-113 on the cards of official judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, while Jerry Roth had it the same way for Pacquiao. An informal poll of 51 writers favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.

Valcarcel, who was at ringside, concluded, however, that Bradley-Pacquiao "ended in a controversial result," and decided to "take measures in accordance with the rules of procedure," by which his Championship Committee would "examine with five recognized international judges and evaluate the video of the match."

Valcarcel informed that his judges all had the matchup for Pacauiao, by scores of 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112, and115-113.

Valcarcel, who said he thought Pacquiao won eight rounds to four, 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."

The Bradley-Pacquiao contract already had contained a clause calling for a rematch on Nov. 10, although Pacquiao is reportedly considering a fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico for that date.

Under the circumstances, Valcarcel said he would leave the scenario regarding a rematch to Arum, Marquez's Mexican-based co-promoter, Fernando Beltran, who often works with Top Rank, and Bradley's manager, Cameron Dunkin.

"Cameron Dunkin and Top Rank, they have all received the information," said id Valcarcel. "Since they all work with the same promoter, they are working on that and we will leave that to them."

Arum agreed.

"Paco's not a dictator. He's saying that it's up to the fighters and the promoter, as well it should be. My first stop on any quest to determine what to do next is that I have to talk to the guy who is the money generator, and that's Manny Pacquiao," said Arum.

"And I have to then determine after dicussions with him what he wants to do next and we'll go from there. Until Manny makes a determination, then I'm like a dog chasing its tail."

According to CompuBox stats, Pacquaio (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) out-landed Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) in 10 of the 12 rounds, with the overall count in his favor 253-to-159. He also scored with more total jabs (63-51) and power punches (190-108). Bradley out-landed Pacquiao in only the ninth round, while the 10th was even in punches connected with each landing 14.

Arum has requested that Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto investigate the results of the bout. Nevada State Athletic Commission director, Keith Kizer, told that he will also review the video with the three judges.


Manny Pacquiao says he wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley after a five-judge panel assembled by the WBO championship committee unanimously favored the Filipino fighter in a video review.

Pacquiao, right, says he now wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley, left.
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Pacquiao said Thursday he would prefer a rematch rather than Bradley giving up the WBO welterweight title that he won on a split decision because "people may think I just usurped it."

The five judges on the review panel all scored the fight in Pacquiao's favor — 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. At the June 9 bout in Las Vegas, judge Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, and Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score. The Associated Press scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao. USA TODAY scored it 118-110 for Pacquiao.

"My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title," Pacquiao said.

There had been talk that Pacquiao's next fight would be against Juan Manuel Marquez, according to Marquez's promoter, Zanfer Promotions, last week.

Bradley said during a live streaming interview Tuesday night with The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun that he was all for a rematch. The rematch clause in their contract had the date set for Nov. 10, but that could change.

"I think the rematch should happen," Bradley said. "The fight was very close and it could've gone either way, regardless of what happened. I'm all for it. November 10th — let's do it. . . . all this would be taken away if we just sat down and did the rematch and settled it once and for all."

The WBO can't overturn the result of the fight, but it can order a rematch if the promoter, Top Rank, which promotes both fighters, does not do it.

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