Nevada AG clears Pacquiao-Bradley fight, but never interviewed the judges
Timothy Bradley, left, celebrates his victory over Manny Pacquiao after their WBO welterweight title match.
July 4th, 2012
09:23 AM ET

Nevada AG clears Pacquiao-Bradley fight, but never interviewed the judges

Many people watching the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight believed the underdog stole the welterweight belt during the match, but the Nevada attorney general has said after a review that no crime occurred.

"Pacman," as Pacquiao is affectionately known by fans, appeared to dominate Bradley during the 12-round match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the judges decided otherwise. Two ruled the fight 115-113 for the American boxer, while the other judge gave the score 115-113 for the Filipino champion.

After the judges' scores were announced, many in the sold-out crowd voiced displeasure.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said "there doesn't appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred" in a letter sent Wednesday to Top Rank fight promoter Bob Arum. Arum had asked for an investigation into the matter after the fight, which he said made him ashamed of boxing.

Last month, the World Boxing Organization had five international judges watch the video of the fight and rescore it. They all gave the match to Pacquiao, though the decision had no impact on changing the final outcome

Although in many ways the matter may be settled, that doesn't mean everyone is happy. Fans and sports blogs ripped the investigation, noting that although the attorney general's office spoke to the referee in the match, they never spoke to any of the three judges who scored the match.

But concerns about the fight were voiced long before that, beginning with Bradley posting on Twitter a photo of a rematch poster before the first fight even took place. Most fans griped that surely, if Pacquiao had won, there'd never be a need for a rematch.


Bradley, a native of Cathedral City, California, remained unbeaten with 29 wins, along with one no-contest.

Pacquiao suffered his first loss since 2005.

In the Philippines, where Pacman is worshiped, there have been accusations of foul play. A Filipino congressman called the fight "rigged." Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito told the local media, "It's obvious that Pacquiao was ahead. I can't see how he lost."

Pacman' loss leaves Philippines fans stunned 

"People were in shock and disbelief," said Lito Tacujan, sports editor of the Manila-based Philippine Star daily. "Everybody felt furious with the result. They thought the match result was set up or scripted."

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  1. Jj

    And this is why I stopped watching boxing a long time ago

    July 4, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. John Smith

    Of course. Bradley won the fight.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike, Ear Biter

      Yes, of course, he did... Pigs fly too...

      July 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sammy

    It's too bad that stupid isn't a crime. This country would be a lot better off.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    "Last month, the World Boxing Organization had five international judges watch the video of the fight and rescore it. They all gave the match to Pacquiao, though the decision had no impact on changing the final outcome."

    Lol shocking. What a corrupt sport.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Solidd59

      No more corrupt and rigged than the NBA! All sports are big money, and wherever there's money, there corruption.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex Morales

    I like both fighters, however, Pacman definitely won this fight. I think Manny should be given the victory.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jason Bourne

    If ANYONE actually watched the whole fight, you could see that Bradley was the better boxer. Every punch that pacman threw was weak or blocked. I am a huge Pac man fan, but I knew as soon as the bell rang, that pac man had lost.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • harleydavidson

      jason bourne wrote, "I am a huge Pac man fan, but I knew as soon as the bell rang, that pac man had lost."

      you knew this? how? you must be part of the conspiracy.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Bourne Killer

      Bradley had weak punches, just like the girl he is, he never hurt the PacMan, while the Pacman almost dropped this Sissy in 2 different rounds!

      July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Randy

    Do any serious fight fans actually believe that boxing is Not fixed? There hasn't been an honest prize fight since Jess Willard beat Jack Jonson in 1915. Watch UFC if you want real fighting. Impossible to fix and the athletes are far more talented.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ros

    Why the attorney general didn´t even bother to question the judges, considering more than 90% of the people believe Pacquiao won that fight? Even WBO international expert judges concluded the same that Pacquiao should win the fight. Before the Attorney General ruled out, she should investigate first those 2 judges and asked them what they saw that they declared Bradley the victory which far different from millions of people who watched the fight. It seems she´s not doing her job properly, but knowing now her name, I´m not surprised after all.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    How can you conduct an investigation where the primary suspects were never questioned? Take your pick
    1. AG in the bag?
    2. AG lazy?
    3. AG does not know Investigation 101?

    July 4, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      All of the above.

      July 4, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • GOD

      I told the PacMan to do just enough to "get the Win." The judges were bought and paid for so you insipid boxing fans could have a rematch, and then, a rubber match, so both these guys could get ALL the $$$ in your wallets!

      July 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AG

    Listen up Everyone... Can you spell REMATCH.. The Boxing World is hurting for better talent and great fights.. Its pay day heaven for all party's.. More hype means More Money.. Everyone involved will make twice as much the second time around. Can you say "laughing all the way to the bank".Its like going to the Doctor. They dont get paid for the cure, they get paid off the treatment.. "Another vist to the ring" Ask Don King....

    July 4, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. angryersmell

    I used to love boxing. That's why never wanting to see another "championship" bout feels so awful.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    Don King would be proud. Not that it really matters but I watched the fight and thought Bradly barely won. I think this is all for show.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Fix is In

    What a farce. It's perfectly legal (established in US court cases) for the NBA, Nascar, even pro boxing officials to determine the outcomes of their own events. For example, the NBA commisioner can and has ordered referees to throw games.
    Read or Youtube "The Fix is In" and learn that pro sports are as fixed as the stock market is.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rana Asim Wajid

    Boxing is now officially dead

    July 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ipmutt

    What did you expect. And if you care or if you are an avid supporter of the sport, you are just part of the problem

    July 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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