Arum requests ‘robbery’ inquiry
Nevada attorney general urged: Probe ‘foul’ scoringBy Roy Luarca
Philippine Daily Inquirer
HOLLYWOOD—Veteran promoter Bob Arum wants the truth, no matter how small, no matter who gets hurt.
The Top Rank chair and CEO submitted Monday (Tuesday in Manila) a motion requesting the Nevada Attorney General’s Office to begin a complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the controversial scoring that resulted in the defeat of Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao to undefeated American challenger Timothy Bradley.
“The public has a right to know,” said Arum. “The fighters have a right to know.
“The only way to restore fans’ confidence in boxing is by letting an independent body investigate every detail of the fight no matter how big or small,” added Arum, who lashed out at the split decision that cost Pacquiao his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Sunshine never hurt anyone.”
Almost every expert who covered the fight conceded that Pacquiao dominated Bradley, and the thousands in attendance and the millions of viewers all over the world were stunned when Michael Buffer announced the American as the new WBO welterweight champion.
Of the three judges at ringside, only Jerry Roth scored the pay-per-view (PPV) fight in favor of Pacquiao, 115-113. His fellow judges—CJ Ross and Duane Ford—swayed the outcome by picking Bradley with similar 115-113 scores.
The outrageous outcome stirred a hornet’s nest, with the media and boxing pundits demanding an investigation of the three judges—referred to as “the three blind mice” by a furious Arum.
Rather than die down after two days, the uproar reverberated throughout the world and Arum, who promotes the two protagonists, supported his words with action.
Parallel to Arum’s move, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer ordered the examination of the three judges’ scoring criteria, according to The Ring’s Lem Satterfield.
The probe calls for a review of the fight’s tape, and will focus on the close rounds “and why one judge went this way and the other went the other way.”
Also to be considered are how close the rounds were and what were the telling differences that led to the judges’ choices for each round.
The Nevada review will be conducted within the month, but Arum seems far from satisfied.
He said he does not want boxing to take any more beating. Arum did not elaborate.
Though not as successful as the May 5 showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, two acknowledged stars with big fan bases, Pacquiao-Bradley generated a gate income of over $9 million, Arum told Steve Kim of DogHouseBoxing.Com.
“We did real well. The gate was over $9 million without pulling tickets and giving them away.”