Lem Satterfield

WBO’s five judges score for Pacquiao over Bradley


A five-member panel of judges convened by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has unanimously scored in favor of  Manny Pacquiao after watching video of Tim Bradley’s disputed split-decision victory that dethroned Pacquiao as welterweight titleholder on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The results were released to RingTV.com on Wednesday.

“That’s a Solomon-like conclusion. Paco is a good man, he really is. I have great respect for him and what he says,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley. “It’s appropriate for him to make that final conclusion.”

On the night of the fight, Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts) defeated Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs) by scores of 115-113 on the cards of official judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, while Jerry Roth had it the same way for Pacquiao. An informal poll of 51 writers favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.

Valcarcel, who was at ringside, concluded, however, that Bradley-Pacquiao “ended in a controversial result,” and decided to “take measures in accordance with the rules of procedure,” by which his Championship Committee would “examine with five recognized international judges and evaluate the video of the match.”

Valcarcel informed RingTV.com that his judges all had the matchup for Pacauiao, by scores of 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112, and115-113.

Valcarcel, who said he thought Pacquiao won eight rounds to four, said that the organization’s rules do not allow for the bout being overturned, but that “the only thing that we can do is authorize a rematch.”

The Bradley-Pacquiao contract already had contained a clause calling for a rematch on Nov. 10, although Pacquiao is reportedly considering a fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico for that date.

Under the circumstances, Valcarcel said he would leave the scenario regarding a rematch to Arum, Marquez’s Mexican-based co-promoter, Fernando Beltran, who often works with Top Rank, and Bradley’s manager, Cameron Dunkin.

“Cameron Dunkin and Top Rank, they have all received the information,” said id Valcarcel. “Since they all work with the same promoter, they are working on that and we will leave that to them.”

Arum agreed.

“Paco’s not a dictator. He’s saying that it’s up to the fighters and the promoter, as well it should be. My first stop on any quest to determine what to do next is that I have to talk to the guy who is the money generator, and that’s Manny Pacquiao,” said Arum.

“And I have to then determine after dicussions with him what he wants to do next and we’ll go from there. Until Manny makes a determination, then I’m like a dog chasing its tail.”

According to CompuBox stats, Pacquaio (54-4-2, 38 knockouts) out-landed Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) in 10 of the 12 rounds, with the overall count in his favor 253-to-159. He also scored with more total jabs (63-51) and power punches (190-108). Bradley out-landed Pacquiao in only the ninth round, while the 10th was even in punches connected with each landing 14.

Arum has requested that Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto investigate the results of the bout. Nevada State Athletic Commission director, Keith Kizer, told RingTV.com that he will also review the video with the three judges.

Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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