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WBO re-scores fight in favour of Pacquiao | Boxing Futures

WBO re-scores fight in favour of Pacquiao

Posted on Jun 21, 2012

The WBO yesterday announced that its five-man judging panel review of Timothy Bradley’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao on June 9 returned a unanimous decision for the Filipino congressman.

The organizing body drafted in five officials from all over the world to watch a tape of the fight and re-score it after the split-decision victory for Bradley by two scores of 115-113 on the night caused widespread uproar and condemnation.

And the panel rescored the fight for Pacquiao, by a landslide. The scores were 115-111, 116-112, 117-111, 118-110, 117-111, essentially scoring eight or more rounds to the Filipino fighter.

The WBO, however, will not be able to either overturn the official result, or hand Pacquiao back the welterweight title and the Nevada State Athletic Commision, which has the power to overturn the decision, refused to hold an internal inquiry.

‘The only thing that we can do is authorize a rematch,’ said WBO president Francisco Valcarcel. ‘We cannot got any further than that. That is in our rules.’

‘Cameron Dunkin [Bradley's manager] and Top Rank, they have all received the information. Since they all work with the same promoter they are working on that and we will leave that to them.’

But a rematch looks unlikely, with reports suggesting Pacquiao is close to agreeing a fourth fight with longtime rival Juan Manuel Marquez in November and Bradley branding promoter Bob Arum a ‘liar’ over incidents that unfolded on the night.