Arum asks Nevada AG to investigate Pac-Bradley bout
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum has formally filed a request with the Nevada State Attorney General (AG) to investigate the controversial boxing match between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley.
Arum has requested a "full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring" of Pacquiao's shocking split decision loss to Bradley last Saturday at the MGM Grand at the office of Catherine Cortez Masto, the Nevada State AG.
Bradley was named the winner with scores of 113-115, 115-113 and 115-113, becoming the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion in the process.
It was an extremely unpopular result, as many felt Pacquiao had won the fight comfortably.
"The public has a right to know what happened. The fighters have a right to know," Arum said in a statement.
"The only way to restore fans' confidence in boxing is by letting an independent body investigate every detail of the fight, no matter how big or small," he added.
Arum had slammed the judges' decision in the post-fight press conference, calling it "ridiculous" and a "death knell" to boxing.
The fight contract included a rematch clause in case of a Bradley victory, and Pacquiao has already said that he wants a rematch.
That fight will be held on November 10.
But Arum has said that a rematch will not happen until there is a full investigation regarding the bout.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Arum said there was something "fishy" with the way the judges scored the fight.
"In boxing, if you got one judge who doesn't see a fight the way everybody else sees it, then you say, well, he had a bad night," Arum said. "But for three judges, to score it the way they did, something is fishy."
CJ Ross and Duane Ford both scored the bout for Bradley, while only Jerry Roth scored it for Pacquiao.
"I don't know. I mean, I know these people, these judges. I cannot believe they were in on some bad conspiracy, but I can't otherwise explain this result," Arum said.
Arum knows Roth and Ford, whom he called "old time judges," but noted that they were getting "up in age."
"Then you had this CJ Ross, who has never been a judge in a championship fight, has very little experience. What was she doing judging this fight? I don't know," he said.
Very few people agreed with the judges' decision.
Majority of members of the media who watched the fight at ringside had Pacquiao winning by a wide margin.
Most boxing fans also believed that Pacquiao was the winner, and many took to social media to express their disgust with the result. The over 14,000 fight fans who watched the bout inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena booed loudly when the decision was announced and even when Bradley was being interviewed.
Arum assured Pacquiao's supporters, especially the Filipinos, that the "terrible miscarriage of justice" will be rectified.
"I know that Manny Pacquiao would be coming out of this stronger than ever before," he said. "He has now become more popular, because he was the victim of a terrible decision." - With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News