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Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley debacle continues

Jennifer Dimaano

Manny Pacquiao

Boxing fans remain outraged calling the fight “lutong bulok”–rotten cooking

Everyone still seems to be hung up on the controversial split decision victory Timothy Bradley had on Manny Pacquiao.

Joe DeGuardia took matters in his own hands over the Pacquiao-Bradley decision. According to ESPN, DeGuardia sent out letters to 60 promoters asking for a “call to action,” adding, “We have to go forward, do things that need to be done to protect boxers from the people who are supposed to be protecting them, the regulators.”

A copy of the letter was obtained by the NYFightBlog, and it reads:

“On Saturday night there was another decision rendered in a major fight (Pacquaio-Bradley) that jeopardizes the sanctity of our sport and requires immediate action by the boxing world but especially the boxing promoters…The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) was formed to protect the integrity of the sport and force action upon the state regulators throughout the United States when warranted. The time has come for the promoters to take real action to remedy the all too often outlandish decisions made by State appointed referees and judges that effectively jeopardize the future of our sport, the fighters and the fans.”

The World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) promoter, Bob Arum, is planning to appeal the decision with the Attorney General of the State of Nevada for an “investigation.”

Arum, the promoter for both Pacquiao and Bradley, stated, “We’re gonna ask the general to investigate the entire situation last night in Las Vegas with the scoring which is an absolute outrage,” and going  on to tell Pacquiao fans to “celebrate Manny Pacquiao and his great victory over Timothy Bradley.”

Unfortunately, the decision win of Bradley over Pacquiao is irreversible under Nevada State Laws. Arum explained to the angry fans, “Under the Nevada State Laws, it’s unappealable decision,” as well as going on to stating, “The investigation will determine who is responsible for these misrepresentations.” The only way for the Nevada State Athletic Commission to reverse their decision is “if one of the athletes is shown to have a positive drug test…but not because the decision was wrong, no.”

Rumors about a rematch between Pacquiao and Bradley remain ambiguous. Some say there will be, both Pacquiao and Bradley have expressed interest in having a rematch, but some are saying there won’t be because a lot of fans have been “disappointed” by the decision that they swore off watching. Some say the November 10 date will have Pacquiao facing off with Marquez, then following a rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao. 

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