The WBO completed its review Wednesday of Timothy Bradley’s controversial split-decision victory against Manny Pacquiao with its five-member international judging panel all scoring the fight for Pacquiao, even though the official result will stand.
“My supporters shouldn’t worry. We’re going to get that title.”
Pacquiao told The Associated Press from the Philippines on Thursday that he would prefer a rematch rather than Bradley giving up the WBO welterweight title that he won on a split decision because “people may think I just usurped it.”
Bradley’s victory on June 9 instantly became one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history. While judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross both had Bradley winning 115-113, Jerry Roth scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao, who suffered his first defeat since 2005.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, whose organization sanctioned the title match, said the five judges scored the fight for Pacquiao, 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 but wouldn’t release the names. Valcarcel also said the WBO has no authority to change the result.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to Nevada State Boxing Commission who placed C.J. Ross, Duane Ford on the panel to judge the Manny Pacquaio and Timothy Bradley fight. Ross scored the controversial fight 115-113 and Ford saw it 115-113 in favor of new WBO welterweight champion Bradley. Judge Jerry Roth did see the fight as the rest of the world did and scored it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao.
Here is one of the most controversial scorecards in boxing history after C.J. Ross (115-113) and Duane Ford (115-113) gave the fight to Timothy Bradley, the new WBO welterweight champion over Manny Pacquiao. Judge Jerry Roth (115-113) saw it the same way the rest of the world saw it.
Timothy Bradley suffered a fractured left foot in Saturday night’s controversial victory over Manny Pacquiao. Bradley’s manager, Can Dunkin, also said his right ankle is twisted and swollen.
Bradley, who attended the post-fight news conference in a wheelchair, said he heard his left foot snap in the second round. In the fifth, he injured his right foot.
Despite the injuries, Bradley continued and went on to win a highly controversial split decision to claim the WBO welterweight title and end Pacquiao’s seven-year unbeaten run.
“I’ve never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight,” said promoter Bob Arum, who handles both fighters.
Bradley came on strong in the later rounds, winning five of the last six on two scorecards and four on the third. He won 115-113 on the scorecards of judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, while losing on Jerry Roth’s scorecard by the same margin. The Associated Press had Pacquiao winning 117-111.
Ringside punching statistics showed Pacquiao landing 253 punches to 159 for Bradley, who vowed before the fight to take the 147-pound title from Pacquiao. The Compubox statistics showed Pacquiao landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.