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. History 101

    Notice that Roman gladiator games ended before Rome did.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Your History

      Wrong. Roman gladiator games were still being played under Emporer Justinian, the Eastern Roman Emporer who sought to reconquer the lost Western Roman Empire and reunite the two, in Constantinople. He died in 565. Clearly they were played for nearly two hundred more years. Know your history.

      July 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. History 101

    The Roman Empire invaded and occupied Israel, and for decades Jews financed the gladiator games. When that financial backing went dry (jewish rebellion of 64-70 CE) the games were on their way out. Though the bounty of warring on israel proved to be enough to last a few more years.
    Now, yes. I am sayong we love pro sports more than we love Israel, and would gladly sell Israel to buy our home team new uniforms.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • History 401

      Gladiator games weren't ended in Rome until Theodosius banned them in AD 393. Judea was a minor province that didn't finance anything for Rome. What are you talking about? What does Israel have to do with anything here?

      July 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Your History

      Wicked wrong. Israel wasn't created until 1948. Obviously the Roman Empire could have invaded and occupied nothing.
      Know your history.

      July 4, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. truthordare7

    Oh really. If it hadn't occurred right in front of our eyes, i would have believed you. It is a fix. Boxing is a fixed sports. I am not wasting my time watching it. Bye.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wasntmee

    No mention of betting on the outcome. I think it would show late money on Bradley.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rick1948

    While there might not have been a crime under the laws of Nevada, Pacquiao was certainly robbed. Somebody better be checking those judge's off shore bank account balances.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gee

    The whole outcome was fixed. Boxing organizatuions in this country are shamelessly corrupt.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. peachykeen

    I've paid to watch all of Pacman's fights. Won't do it again. I'll never trust a ringside judge again. If the fight was at all close, I could accept the outcome. It wasn't near close. The investigation was a sham. Boxing is just a scam. I'll stick with UFC in the future. In that sport, it's obvious when someone gets their fanny kicked.

    July 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George Foreman

    Boxing has been a corrupt sport for the longest of the times... People shouldn't pay to watch it.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GreatUSA

    I haven't paid to watch a boxing match for nearly 2 decades. Boxing not it used to be.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jay

    @know your truth obviously you dont know your history because Israel was Israel thosands of years ago read Josephus and all other books of antiquities and they all mention Israel.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Your History

      They were know as Israelites, but had no country. Know your history. Open a book.

      July 4, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Emmanuel Goldstien

    Anyone else think that it is a TRULY sad statement on our culture that this amazing announcement was made today, yet the "Breaking News" on CNN today is that a man tied his own record by eating 68 hot dogs?

    July 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tom

    catherine cortez masto is corrupt. they didnt questioned the main guilty party. the three blind mice.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. peter

    catherine cortez maesto, c j ross, duane ford, keith keizer, all these names are allergic to people. They all should be investigated thoroughly and hanged.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peter

    they robbed manny legally. From someone who contributed to the sports immensely, they robbed him.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike Smith

    The fight was clearly rigged. This is why I will never pay a dime to watch boxing, whether it is live or on pay-per-view.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Berry Wynes

      Excellent Mr. Smith. That's the only real power we have as fans. We can refuse to participate in corruption.

      July 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bladepolisher

      Good point Mike. I wonder who had the power to ensure the dishonest decision from the Attorney Generals Office. Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto: another bad choice in politics. Well, her actions should be remembered during her future political aspirations. The Nevada Boxing Commission has always been what I'd call a questionable operation since the "Mob" days of the 40's, 50's, 60's 70's 80's, 90's, 2000 and beyond. That much money must have direct ties to the Governors office. It's obviously close to the Attorney Generals Office if they didn't interview the judges before making their ruling.

      July 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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