MANILA, Philippines – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has assigned five recognized international judges to re-score Manny Pacquiao’s controversial split decision loss to American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr.
This comes in an effort to convince state athletic commissions to widen the pool of judges for major fights.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said five judges from New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico will re-score the bout and submit their work confidentially to the sanctioning body.
The WBO, however, cannot overturn the decision nor strip the belt from Bradley.
Valcarcel said they are only trying to use the experience to have better scoring in the future.
Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office asking for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the fight.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, the senior senator from Nevada, is also calling for an investigation.
Bradley defeated Pacquiao via split decision last Saturday in Las Vegas to win the WBO’s welterweight belt, in a result that was widely criticized in boxing circles.
Two judges, Duane Ford and CJ Ross, scored the fight for Bradley 115-113, while Jerry Roth had the same score in favor of Pacquiao. -- Mornings @ ANC, June 14, 2012.