Probe on Pac-Bradley bout necessary, says Reid
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The controversial victory of Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao has caught the attention of US Senate Marjority Floor Leader Harry Reid.
"Remember this fight involved hundreds of millions of dollars," Reid said in Las Vegas Review Journal. "As I said, I am confident there was nothing untoward. I think people just make bad decisions in a lot of things they do, including judging fights. But it doesn't hurt to clear the air and take a look at this."
The Nevada senator is confident it was nothing but a case of bad judging, but believes an investigation is still necessary to clear the air.
"I feel confident there has been nothing untoward but if an investigation makes everyone feel better, do the investigation," he said.
Reid was a former member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and had judged boxing matches before becoming a senator.
As a former boxer himself, Reid is impressed by Pacquiao's boxing skills.
Pacquiao also endorsed Reid's re-election in 2010, helping him earn the votes of minority groups.
Reid also praised the Filipino community in his state, who form the second largest minority group in Nevada next to Latinos.
“One of the positives from the Filipino community they have is the great work ethic they have and the ethic they have in participating in government,” said Reid.
“I been coming to Filipino events in Nevada for more than 35 years and the community during that period of time got bigger and stronger."
Attorney general receives Arum’s complaint
Meanwhile, the office of Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto has confirmed receiving the complaint filed by Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.
The office said it will review the complaint and take the appropriate action if necessary.
“We are treating this complaint like any other complaint our office receives," Jennifer Lopez, a spokesperson for the Nevada Attorney General's office, told USA Today Sports. "We will review the information submitted and take appropriate action if necessary."
Floyd files emergency motion
In another development, the lawyer of Floyd Mayweather Jr. has filed an emergency motion to ask that the boxer be allowed to spend the rest of his three-month sentence under house arrest.
Mayweather has spent less than two weeks at the Clark County Detention Center.
His lawyer said Mayweather can no longer stand the “inhumane conditions” inside the jail and has been unable to exercise while in detention.