The WBO has decided to review Timothy Bradley's controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in the welterweight championship fight last Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Bradley defeated Pacquiao on two judges' scorecards, despite Pacquiao landing significantly more punches over the course of the 12-round fight. It was the first loss in seven years for Pacquiao and has caused a massive uproar in the boxing world. With many calling for an investigation into the fight, WBO will take a look at whether everything was legitimate during the match.
WBO president Francisco Valcarcel told ESPN that the organization will review the fight with five recognized international judges to evaluate the video of the match and agree to what emerges.
But Valcarcel was quick to point out that the investigation isn't insinuating that the WBO is questioning the integrity of the three judges.
I want to clarify that in no way does this say we are doubting the capacity of these judges, which we consider as honest and competent judges, he said.
The investigation should help placate the anger of boxing promoter Bob Arum. Arum, who represents both fighters, said that there would be no rematch until an investigation took place.
I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion, Arum told Yahoo Sports. But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.
If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we're off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy. But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way, all three judges saw it as close. It strains credulity.
The two fighters are tentatively scheduled to fight again on Nov 10 as both fighters have indicated a desire to fight each other again.