WBO's championship committee will review video of the fight with five ''recognized international judges'' and make a recommendation. He said the WBO does not doubt the ability of the scoring judges.
Most reporters seated ringside and the vast majority of fans inside
the MGM Grand arena on Saturday night thought Pacquiao had easily
defended his welterweight title against Bradley.
The first surprise came when ring announcer Michael Buffer announced
that there was a split decision, and the biggest surprise came in the
reading of the scores. Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, while
judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score.
The Associated Press scored the fight 117-111 for Pacquiao.
''The public saw the fight and they're outraged, and we need clarity
here,'' Arum told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ''We need those
responsible to investigate, to see what happened, how the judges could
be so off.
''Was there any funny business going on? Or no funny business? Did
they have a conversation with each other?'' Arum asked. ''We need to get
clarity. The public is demanding it.''
Arum's powerful promotional company, Top Rank, has staged thousands
of fights over more than four decades, including some of the most
significant in the history of the sport.
He said that the scoring of Saturday night's fight was among the worst he's ever seen.
''It puts boxing in a very horrible light,'' he said. ''I'm looking
for the sport to do damage control, and the only way it does damage
control is if you do a full and complete investigation.''
Arum submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General's
office on Monday asking for an inquiry into the circumstances
surrounding the fight. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the senior
Nevada, also has asked for an investigation.
Jennifer Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Attorney General's
office, said in an email to the AP that Arum's complaint is currently
''We are treating the complaint like any other complaint our office
receives,'' Lopez said. ''We do not confirm or deny if we have an
ongoing criminal investigation.''
The Nevada State Athletic Commission's executive director, Keith
Kizer, said this week that he has no plans to review the fight, even
though he acknowledged having Pacquiao ahead.
Commission chairman Skip Avansino told the Las Vegas Review-Journal
that he was content with the scoring, while Ford defended his scorecard
in an interview with the newspaper.
''I thought Bradley gave Pacquiao a boxing lesson,'' Ford said. ''I
thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches
and I thought he was throwing wildly.''
Arum believes the decision - along with the Nevada commission's
reluctance to conduct its own investigation - could provide the impetus
for a federal commission to provide oversight for the sport, which has
long battled the perception that it is rife with corruption.
''If the commission here in Nevada will be in intransigent, and won't
cooperate, we have to have a federal commission,'' Arum said. ''We have
to examine who these are on the commission, how they got there, how
they operate. Something is broke.''
Stats compiled by Compubox showed Pacquiao landing 253 punches to 159
for Bradley, and having a 190-108 edge in power punches. Pacquiao
landed at 38.5 percent to 27.7 percent for Bradley.
The decision ended Pacquiao's 15-fight winning streak, but also sets
up a potential rematch later this year.
There has been talk that it
could happen in November.
Perhaps by then, Arum will have the clarity he is seeking from their first fight.
''Any other sport - football, baseball - the commissioner's office
would investigate,'' he said. ''I'm not saying hang anybody, but let's
get clarity here. Let's get a complete report as to what happened. They
'Hey, all three judges had a bad night.' That's possible,
too. I'm not leaping to conclusions. I want to know as well as anybody