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.