On Wednesday the WBO completed its review of Timothy Bradley’s controversial split-decision win over Manny Pacquiao from June 9. A panel of five international judges re-watched the fight and scored it. The results showed what we all already knew: Pacquiao won the fight.
On the night in question, judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross both had Bradley winning 115-113, while Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao. The WBO’s panel of judges – who are all said to be accomplished with world title experience – disagreed with that June 9 ruling.
The judges, whose names were not disclosed, all gave the fight to Pacquiao and their scores were: 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112, 115-113.
HBO’s broadcasters and virtually every member of the media at ringside had Pacquiao clearly winning the fight and the crowd roundly booed the decision. I scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao but thought I was being kind to Bradley by giving him three rounds.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said the fight’s result will stand as far as the WBO is concerned, but implied that the Nevada State Athletic Commission should make some changes to fix its judging system.
The loss to Bradley was Pacquiao’s first since 2005 and was an inexcusable robbery. After the Filipino southpaw completely outclassed Bradley, no one is really interested in seeing a rematch, even if the fight went down as a loss for the eight division world champion.
Now it appears Pacquiao may be headed for a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez instead. Either way, the WBO did the right thing by reviewing the fight and publicizing the results.