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WBO: Pac-Bradley Decision Can't Be Revoked By Us

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

World Boxing Organization president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel has made it clear that the bitterly criticized decision of the judges giving Timothy Bradley a split decision win over "Fighter of the Decade" Manny Pacquiao in their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 9, can't be revoked by the WBO.

Valcarcel told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that "even if I saw Pacquiao win, the decision of the judges is legal and their decision cannot be revoked by us."

Valcarcel emphasized that judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross who had Bradley winning by a score of 115-113 "have always been good and honest judges" even as he pointed out that Ford had Pacquiao a 115-112 winner in his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2008 which was considered by many as controversial.

He noted that Ford was a judge when Pacquiao won by a 12th round TKO over Miguel Cotto in 2009 and had  Pacquiao ahead 108-99. Ford was also a judge when Pacquiao won by a 12th round unanimous decision (120-108)  over Shane Mosley last year. Valcarcel said Cynthia Ross was a judge when Pacquiao won by a 9th round TKO over David Diaz in 2008 where she had Pacquiao ahead 80-72 at the time of the stoppage and had Pacquiao leading 10-7 when he won by a 2nd round TKO over Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton in 2009.

Valcarcel old us "please note they have always been good and honest judges and that lacking evidence of fraud and corruption  I can not accuse them of any wrongdoing."

The WBO president also mentioned that the Muhammad Ali Act " empowers the commission with total jurisdiction over the bout - that includes the appointment of officials."

Meantime. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer informed the Standard that the judges in the fight "want to come in (individually) and review the bout, and I want to watch it with them."

Kizer added "a judge re-watching a fight is always helpful (whether there is controversy or not)."

Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee are scheduled to leave for Los Angeles on Saturday to join their four children on their vacation which was cut short when the congressman returned to help the victims of the recent floods that hit the Sarangani province which Pacquiao represents in Congress. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 06-21-2012

Only the Nevada commission can overturn it and we saw how that went with Abril-Rios. They didnt see "any problems with the scoring for that fight." Matter of fact, has the Nevada commission even said anything about this matter of…

Comment by EAAE on 06-20-2012

[QUOTE=HooksInYou;12264592]I'm not given to conspiracy theories, but something about this doesn't add up. This is way to big a robbery to be attributed to a few close rounds. Even by giving Bradley a couple of rounds that Pac won, I…

Comment by White_Knight on 06-20-2012

I'm not given to conspiracy theories, but something about this doesn't add up. This is way to big a robbery to be attributed to a few close rounds. Even by giving Bradley a couple of rounds that Pac won, I…

Comment by rambov on 06-20-2012

Can anyone tell me why Arum is not trying to arrange a rematch? Anyone know the answer to that? So Pac doesn't want to rematch Bradley?? There has been no talk of a rematch. Does anyone find this strange??

Comment by RL_GMA on 06-20-2012

It seems like most of the people justifying Bradley winning the fight simply don't like Pacquiao or just simply want to egg on the Pacquiao fans because he got the L. Had Pacquiao gotten the decision I think most of…

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