WBO judges: Pacquiao won over Bradley

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Thursday, June 21, 2012


MANILA (Updated 10:27 a.m.) -- Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao won in the June 10 (Manila time) bout with American boxer Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to the five judges convened by the World Boxing Organization (WBO).

The five judges convened by WBO president Francisco Valcarcel unanimously scored in favor of Pacquiao, 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113, after reviewing the video of controversial split-decision bout that dethroned Pacquiao as welterweight titleholder, RingTV.com said.

Bradley grabbed the spotlight away from Pacquiao when he wrested the WBO welterweight crown from the Filipino global boxing icon via split decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bradley, who appeared exhausted in the middle rounds, slowly bounced back in the later phase of the fight and escaped with a split verdict on the judges card -- 113-115, 115-113, and 115-113, ending Pacquiao’s remarkable run and handing the eight-division world king his first defeat in seven years.

Valcarcel said in a statement last week that the WBO's championship committee will review video of the fight with five "recognized international judges" and make a recommendation. He said the WBO does not doubt the ability of the scoring judges.

Most reporters seated ringside and the vast majority of fans inside the MGM Grand Arena thought Pacquiao had easily defended his welterweight title against Bradley.

Valcarcel, however, told RingTV.com that the "organization's rules do not allow for the bout being overturned, but that 'the only thing we can do is authorize a rematch.'"

He said he would leave the decision for a rematch to Top Rank CEO and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and Bradley's manager Cameron Dunkin.

"Paco's (Valcarcel) 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," Arum told RingTV.com.

"And I have to then determine after discussions 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," Arum added. (AP/Sunnex)

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