LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 9, 2012 (AFP) â€“ Promoter Bob Arum was outraged by a split decision giving Timothy Bradley a win over Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao Saturday, but said it was the result of incompetence, not corruption.
â€œThe one thing I refuse to even consider is that there was anything funny going on â€“ betting or anything,â€ Arum said. â€œI donâ€™t believe that. To the bottom of my bones I donâ€™t believe that.
â€œI know these guys,â€ Arum said of the judges. â€œTheyâ€™re honest. They need to correct their vision, but theyâ€™re honest.â€
Arum praised Bradley personally and as a determined fighter, but railed against the scoring, in which judge Jerry Roth gave Pacquiao the fight 115-113, but C.J. Ross and Duane Ford both had unbeaten American Bradley winning by the same score.
Pacquiao appeared to land the more damaging blows throughout the contest and CompuBox electronic punch statistics showed Pacquiao connected on 253 punches to Bradleyâ€™s 159, with a 63-51 advantage in jabs and 190-108 in power punches.
Arum questioned the competence of the judges, the selection process the Nevada State Athletic Commission used to choose them, and the fact that all came from Nevada.
He suggested the commissionâ€”which oversees boxing in the stateâ€”should make the judges available next week to explain what they saw.
He quipped that he would pay to send them to his eye doctor in Los Angeles, and gave a terse â€œno commentâ€ when asked if the rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao proposed for November would be in Las Vegas.
Arum said he believed Pacquiao won 10 of the 12 rounds, and that Bradleyâ€™s manager Cameron Dunkin told him ringside he had scored the bout 8-4 for Pacquiao, whose success in the ring has earned him adoration in his homeland and money-spinning celebrity status around the world.
In November, Pacquiao won a controversial decision of his own over Juan Manuel Marquez, but Arum said that at least that fight was close.
â€œThis is nuts,â€ Arum said. â€œPeople donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re watching anymore. Iâ€™m going to make a lot of money (with a rematch). But who is going to take this sport seriously?â€
Bradley said he did not mind the boos that rang out from the pro-Pacquiao crowd when the decision was announced, and he was not about to apologize for adding Pacquiaoâ€™s WBO welterweight belt to a resume that already included the WBO light welterweight title.
â€œThereâ€™s three judges out there,â€ Bradley said. â€œThatâ€™s the way they judged it. What do you want me to do? My corner thought I was winning the fight.
â€œThereâ€™s three judges out there. Two of them thought I won the fight. Thatâ€™s all I can say about that.â€