Top Rank has submitted a request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for a “full and complete inquiry” into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight last Saturday in Las Vegas. Bradley was awarded a split decision win over Pacquiao despite most ringside observers scoring a lopsided victory for Pacquiao.
Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank.
“The public has a right to know,” said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. “The fighters have a right to know. The only way to restore fans’ confidence in boxing is by letting an independent body investigate every detail of the fight no matter how big or small. Sunshine never hurt anyone.”
On Monday, one of the judges who scored the fight for Bradley, Duane Ford, defended the decisions in interviews with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson,” Ford told the newspaper. “I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly.”
Skip Avansino, the chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, said he had no problem with the decision.
“We had three seasoned professionals working and I don’t question their determinations,” Avansino said. “Unless something is brought to our attention that there was improper behavior, we’re not going to take any action. I’m not going to second-guess our judges.”
– Chris Mannix