When Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight Title, many observers smelled a rat. It now appears that they were correct.
Five independent judges hired by the World Boxing Organization concluded that Pacquiao was in fact the winner. WBO President Francisco Valcarcel said that the five judges each score the fight for Pacquiao: one had it 118-110, two at 117-111, one at 116-112 and one at 115-113.
Valcarcel chose not to strip Bradley of the belt (which he could have done under WBC rules) but instead order a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley.
That may have been moot however, as the fight contract had a rematch clause in it, and Pacquiao has already said he plans to exercise it. Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has said that the Filipino fighter will fight again on November 10, but that fight may not be against Bradley.
Nevada's attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto was asked by Arum to investigate the first fight as well. The attorney general's office declined to confirm or deny that any investigation was ongoing.
Arum wants the investigation as he has been vilified in the boxing world has likely having a hand in influencing the judge's decision.
If it was simply the incompetence of the judges and a simple mistake, period, which is what you and I suspect, and they determine there is no wrongdoing, that's easy to remedy, Arum said. All we do is have a rematch with different judges. Absent that, given all this suspicion, no matter how unwarranted, it would be hard to do a rematch. Half of these websites are saying that the promoter is the one who did this and that I talked to these judges. I had nothing whatsoever to do with picking them and never talked to them.