The World Boxing Organization has reviewed the Manny Pacquiao – Timothy Bradley fight using a five-member international judging panel. Their findings may shock you. The WBO’s anonymous 5-judge panel scored the bout unanimously in Pacquiao’s favor, 118-110, 117-111, 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. Justice!
What’s that? Never mind. Via ESPN:
[WBO president Francisco “Paco”] Valcarcel said the WBO has no authority to change the result. But given the outcome of the panel’s review of the fight, he will order a rematch if Top Rank promoter Bob Arum declines to put on a second fight, or if Pacquiao opts not to exercise his rematch clause.
The WBO has no authority over the WBO title? But they can “order” a rematch if Manny Pacquiao decides against a rematch? Right.
Top Rank and Pacquiao, however, simply could move on to another fight that just would not be for the WBO title.
OK. So they can’t order a rematch.
“We can’t change the result but we did this review for two reasons,” Valcarcel told ESPN.com. “If they want to make a rematch, we will approve the rematch and if they don’t, we will order one. Also, we wanted to show (the Nevada State Athletic Commission) that they could bring in other officials from outside of Nevada who can also do a fine job judging fights. It’s good to have different officials.”
So they think they can order a rematch, but realize they have no power whatsoever. Someone should explain to the WBO that you can’t “order” a fight like another round of cheese fries. It is good that the WBO showed the NSAC that there are people outside Nevada who can judge a fight. I’m certain Keith Kizer and the NSAC don’t give a shit. If Pacquiao wants a rematch, it’s up to him. If he doesn’t, there is nothing anyone can do about it.
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