It’s been twelve days since the controversial Manny Pacquaio and Timothy Bradley fight went down, and the World Boxing Association has concluded their review of the bout. The fight was one of the most talked about in history by the way Bradley won, and it’s been a hot-topic issue in the Boxing world since.
The WBO called for a review of the fight with five internationally known judges, and they determined that Pacman did indeed win the fight. Although there is nothing they can do about it because they can’t overrule the original decision that sent Bradley home with the Welterweight Title, the review tells the world what they already knew – Manny was victorious.
Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross both had Bradley winning 115-113, Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao, who accepted his first loss in the ring since 2005. But upon review, Judges determined that Pacman won by a landslide scoring it 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 just as many ringside analysts had thought.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said that if Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions don’t schedule a rematch, the WBO will order one. For many fans, they’ve been calling for a rematch since the fight ended, and Pacquiao said “My supporters shouldn’t worry. We’re going to get that title,” indicating that there will be a rematch.
“We can’t change the result but we did this review for two reasons,” Paco told ESPN.com. “If they want to make a rematch, we will approve the rematch and if they don’t, we will order one. Also, we wanted to show (the Nevada State Athletic Commission) that they could bring in other officials from outside of Nevada who can also do a fine job judging fights. It’s good to have different officials.”
I for one am hoping for a rematch, and if the November 10 fight does happen, it will be circled on my calendar.
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