Pacquiao loss review dismissed
Manny Pacquiao's loss to Timothy Bradley on points stirred a controversy
Nevada's state attorney general has concluded no criminal violation occurred in Manny Pacquiao's controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas last month.
Bradley wrested the WBO welterweight title off Pacquiao via a controversial split decision on June 9, with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 in his favour and a third by the same score for the Filipino in a bout most believed the latter won easily.
Nevada state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, responding to a letter from Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum requesting a review of the fight, wrote back: "After conducting an initial investigation there do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred."
She continued: "Displeasure with the subjective decisions of sporting officials is not a sufficient basis for this office to initiate a criminal investigation.
"Unless evidence beyond mere displeasure is forthcoming, this matter will be considered closed."
Pacquiao moved closer to a rematch two weeks ago when the World Boxing Organisation declared their belief that he should have won the bout.
Although not a fan of men bashing themselves about the head, one sees the point, though there is precious little of it, in appealing a (controversial) decision awarded in favour of an American pugilist by American ring judges in a bout fought on American soil for the benefit of American national kudos as a whole. The appellant fight would seem to be about as equal as the punchy one, although Mr. Pacquiao is, I have learned, a terrific fighter.
The title purloined from Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao was one of many titles that Mr. Pacquiao
secured which were honestly won.
The Welterweight title, now held by an American, is sullied by the controversial means by which it was "stripped" away from the magnificent Mr. Pacquiao.
One hopes that any rematch against Mr. Bradley will be on nuetral ground with a multi-national array of uncorruptable ring officials. That's too much to hope for, isn't it?