WBO to review Pacquiao vs Bradley
Bradley took the WBO welterweight title from Pacquiao on the weekend after beating him on two of the judges’ cards 115-113, with the remaining judge giving it to the Filipino star by the same score.
But the result was immediately called into question by the fans in the MGM Grand who booed the announcement, quickly followed by the pundits and sports writer who have dubbed it the biggest robbery in the sport’s history.
It was a first defeat in seven years for the eight-weight world champion, who landed 94 more punches than Bradley, and the WBO have now confirmed that they will be taking another look at the fight.
‘The Championships Committee will meet soon and examine the video of the fight with five renowned international judges, and according to what is found, it will make its recommendation in accordance with the rules,’ said the WBO.
Pacquiao is already guaranteed a rematch because of a clause in his contract but if the WBO is not satisfied with the verdict, it could decide not to recognise Bradley as champion.
However, WBO president Francisco Valcarcel said, ‘I want to clarify that this in no way says that we are doubting the capacity of these judges, who we consider honest and competent.’
Promoter Bob Arum called for an investigation but the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the bout, said it stood by the verdicts of ‘three seasoned professionals’.