Sulaiman Apologizes For Pacquiao-Bradley Theft Comment

by David P. Greisman

World Boxing Council head Jose Sulaiman has backed down from his comments earlier in the week in which he called Timothy Bradley’s split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao “the theft of the century.”

Sulaiman made that comment Tuesday in a written column, saying the judges’ decision was “the clearest demonstration of the importance of the system of open scoring,” which the WBC uses. Pacquiao-Bradley was a World Boxing Organization welterweight title bout.

But a day later, Sulaiman stepped away from his wording, which he said “was an exaggerated and bad translation from the Spanish, blamed on ourselves.”

He singled out an apology for boxing judge Duane Ford, who hadn’t been mentioned in Sulaiman’s column but who was one of the two judges to see the bout 115-113 for Bradley.

“Duane Ford is not only a very good, honest and decent person in his private life, but he is also one of the best judges that I have known,” Sulaiman wrote. “Duane Ford, in fact, holds a vice chair in the WBC Ring Officials Board, and he has been a leader for many judges. Boxing being a subjective sport, there are several differences of opinion and I scored the fight one-sided for Pacquiao, which was meant as no offense for my friend.
“The main intention of my answer to the newspaper media was to present an example of what open Scoring can do for fairness in boxing, as by knowing the score in the boxers’ corners, they can adjust their fight for what is needed, regardless of the scoring being right or wrong, as the scores have been issued and nothing can change it. The WBC has had absolute support in the rest of the world where we have implemented open scoring since several years ago,” Sulaiman wrote. “Again, my deepest apologies for having hurt a friend, which I shouldn't have done.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 06-15-2012

This moron has the nerve to even comment on this issue?

Comment by Rolaz on 06-15-2012

If they couldn't resolve this issue fair and square then expect that its gonna happen again in the future. They should revise the assigning of Referee & Judges depending on the Nationalities of Boxers. In maintaining Neutrality, their ought to…

Comment by any craic lad? on 06-15-2012

[QUOTE=matt73uk;12246821]This place makes me laugh! Accusations are being thrown around regarding corruption and drug cheats. Funny though when you think about it. None of the guys in question have ever been found guilty of any wrongdoing by the FBI, Police,…

Comment by nycsmooth on 06-15-2012

sounds like Ford needs some remedial training & Cynthis Ross needs to b shown the door...worst female judge in boxing...

Comment by matt73uk on 06-15-2012

This place makes me laugh! Accusations are being thrown around regarding corruption and drug cheats. Funny though when you think about it. None of the guys in question have ever been found guilty of any wrongdoing by the FBI, Police,…

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