A five-member international judging panel has unanimously ruled that Manny Pacquiao and not Timothy Bradley should have won during the men’s recent WBO welterweight title match. While the international judges came to a unanimous decision the original ruling will stand.
Bradley won the welterweight title from Pacquiao in Las Vegas on June 9, ending Manny’s seven-year undefeated run. Judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross gave Bradley the win with a final scoring tally of 115-113 while Jerry Roth scored 115-113 in favor of Manny Pacquiao. After the match scoring numbers clearly showed that Manny both threw and landed more punches throughout the match.
After Timothy Bradley was named the winner the crowd at MGM Grand booed the decision.
The five unamed judges scored the fight with Pacquiao winning easily with final scores of 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113
The WBO has no authority to change the bouts results but will order a rematch if promoter Bob Arum who represents both boxers fails to set up the match. Manny Pacquiao’s contract specifically gave him the right to a rematch.
Nevada currently selects judges from a pool of in-state workers, after this controversial fight decision WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said of Nevada’s judging choices:
“We want to work together with Nevada and we think they should be open to other good officials from around the world. But we are not questioning the honorability of the judges who scored the fight for Bradley. They are honest people. They are good officials, too, but I don’t know what happened.”
Should he choose Manny Pacquiao has the right to a rematch against Timothy Bradley on Nov. 10.