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Sen. Reid Eyes Boxing Reform After Pacquiao-Bradley

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is using boxer Manny Pacquiao's controversial defeat over the weekend to push for long-stalled legislation to more strictly regulate the sport.

The Nevada Democrat, who knows Pacquiao and has enjoyed the famous boxer's political support in the past, was asked about the Filipino superstar's shocking loss Saturday to Timothy Bradley and the judges' controversial decision.

"From all the reports that I've seen by people on the outside who saw the fight, who attempted to be fair and judge the fight, Pacquiao won the fight," said Reid, himself a former amateur boxer and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.

From there, he suggested Congress should again take up a boxing regulatory bill that he has been pushing with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the past decade.

"Senator McCain and I have been trying for years — years — to get a national boxing bill passed here," he said. "We have not been able to do it. Maybe this will be the impetus (for McCain and I to) get back, work on that again. I haven't had the chance to talk to him in the last 24 hours, but I will."

A McCain spokesman later told the Las Vegas Sun that the senator is considering introducing the bill again and considers the Pacquiao-Bradley decision a "black mark" on boxing's reputation.

The bill in question would establish a National Boxing Commission to regulate the sport with health and safety standards. The first version of the bill set licensing standards for boxers, judges and referees and registration standards for promoters, trainers and others.

Reid also said he's comfortable with the state attorney general investigating the decision but does not believe anything "untoward" took place.

Two judges scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley, while the other scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Meanwhile, HBO's longtime scorer, Harold Lederman, scored only one round in favor of Bradley.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dale Cardon on 06-14-2012

[QUOTE=arraamis;12242128]With all the corruption in DC, Mr. Reid chooses BOXING for regulation!?!?!??!? What about Wall Street, what about the Too-Big-to-Fail Banks, what about the FEDERAL Reserve ... what a freakin joke.[/QUOTE] I don't care about wall street, banks, fed reserve…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 06-14-2012

[QUOTE=Danny Gunz;12242627]Because no one cares about boxing. [B]If this is what it takes to make change in the sport then so be it.[/B] The problem hasnt been exposed to people until this fight.[/QUOTE] Bingoooo! I don't care what fight brings…

Comment by Kenny MF Powers on 06-14-2012

[QUOTE=D4thincarnation;12244069]This is bigger than boxing and bigger than the commission, there needs to be a federal investigation into this. Get Mulder and Sculley on the case:fing02:[/QUOTE] Youre hilarious.

Comment by Yuiopy on 06-14-2012

Boxing needs: - Round by round scoring announced - Same day weigh ins - Year round drug testing

Comment by D4thincarnation on 06-14-2012

[QUOTE=Ray*;12243999]Phuck all of this sheet, Why cant the commission do their jobs? "Let the commission do their jobs"[/QUOTE] This is bigger than boxing and bigger than the commission, there needs to be a federal investigation into this. Get Mulder and…

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