Pacquiao’s Title Fight Loss to Bradley to Be Reviewed by WBO

Boxer Manny Pacquiao
Timothy Bradley, right, attempts to bull Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines into the ropes during their WBO welterweight title match at the MGM Grand Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas. Photographer: Joe Klamer/AFP/GettyImages

Manny Pacquiao’s loss to undefeated Timothy Bradley in a June 9 title fight will be reviewed by the World Boxing Organization’s championship committee after complaints about the judging.

Pacquiao, an eight-time world boxing champion, suffered his first defeat in seven years when two of three judges scored the WBO welterweight bout in favor of Bradley. The decision prompted jeers from the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and led Irish sportsbook Paddy Power to refund bets on anyone who had wagered on the Filipino fighter.

The WBO’s championship committee will examine video of the fight with “five recognized international judges” and then make a ruling on the original decision, WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said in a statement.

“I want to clarify that in no way this says that we are doubting the capacity of these judges, which we consider as honest and competent judges,” Valcarcel said.

Pacquiao, 33, landed 253 total punches to Bradley’s 159 and out-landed Bradley with power punches 190-108, according to CompuBox, a computerized punch scoring system.

Two judges scored the 12-round fight in favor of Bradley 115-113, while the third had Pacquiao winning by the same point total. Bob Arum, the promoter for both fighters, told reporters afterward that the two judges who scored in favor of Bradley should have their eyes examined.

Bradley, 28, improved to 29-0 with 11 knockouts, while Pacquiao fell to 54-4-3 with 38 wins by knockout. Pacquiao’s loss led to outrage in his Southeast Asian home country, where he is a national hero and was elected to Congress in 2010.

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