Promoter Arum calls for investigation

Promoter Bob Arum on Sunday called for an investigation into the
controversial split-decision verdict that saw Timothy Bradley deal
superstar Manny Pacquiao his first defeat since 2005.

Arum said there would be no rematch between the fighters unless
Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto launched a probe
into the scoring of Saturday night’s WBO welterweight title fight,
Yahoo! Sports reported.

It was widely believed that Pacquiao won the contest, having
consistently landed cleaner and more forceful punches throughout,
but the judges didn’t see it that way.

Two judges scored the fight 115-113 to Bradley, while the other
scored it 115-113 to Pacquiao. The decision was met with boos at
the MGM Grand arena.

“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,” said Arum, whose
company promotes both fighters.

“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. … the whole sport is in an
uproar. People are going crazy.”