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. Sagebrush Shorty

    Only professional wrestling is real,everything else is fixed.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    anyone remember lennox holyfield at the garden??? The first one resulted in a draw when holyfield barely made it all the rounds... mafia judges for the win.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Doe

    Incompetence should be a crime.

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

    what do they mean an investigation came up with no foul play? would people just confess to those idiots that it was rigged and that those old crooked refs got their retirement package from this fight? It is like a bank robbery happened and the police said nobody did it because everyone they asked said they didnt do it???? stick with MMA people!!!!

    July 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Berry Wynes

    The fix was in. I haven't paid to see a fight since DeLaHoya-Mosley II. The entire world thought/knew Oscar outboxed and out thought Mosley and won that fight. The judges, and the boxing community gave it to Mosley. Mosley was later found to have been on steroids. I vowed that these criminals would never get my money again and I've stuck by it. I've got the stench of boxing off of me for good. I couldn't care less about Mayweather, Mosley, Bradley or Pacquaio for that matter. If Manny had any character, he wouldn't give them the opportunitiy to humiliate him. He would walk away forever. Manny is obviously one of the greatest fighters of our time. He should turn his back on the money, fame and corruption.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted Striker

    Wow, only possible explanations:

    1) Nothing Attorney General can do LEGALLY
    2) Attorney General is blind
    3) Attorney General is bought and paid for

    There is a sport betting organization in the UK which refunded customers' money that placed bets on this fight.

    It was beyond rigged. I would be curious to see what the Attorney General says personally and not professionally about it, wonder if the answer is different.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tr1Xen

    Just think of how much more advertising and PPV revenue they could generate if they pumped these fighters full of steroids and let them keep going until one or the other conceded or one had to be carried off in a body bag. I think in boxing, MMA, and any fighting sport really, the fighters ought to be allowed to keep going until one of them is dead. The heck with these decisions. Nobody's ever satisfied with them. What fans really want is a bloody, merciless battle where one man lies beaten to a bloody pulp, motionless on the mat, and the other is barely clinging to life.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted Striker

      Maybe that's what you want but some of us like seeing tactics

      July 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bert f.

    Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said "there doesn't appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred"
    Actually grand theft occurred for the fans who paid to watch the fight. For all the money generated by the fight, you'd think they could hire competent judges to judge the fight.

    July 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      That's right! I wonder how the AG came up with this conclusion at all, if the judges weren't even interviewed! I'd say the fix is in, all right!

      July 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Martin

    I note CNN has a report abuse button – here is one – this fight

    July 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Whatever. As soon as jewish banks can't afford to finance professional boxing any longer, the gladiator games will end just as they ended before the Roman Empire fell. Oops. "Holy Roman Empire", rather. Guess we know whose side God was on when Rome destroyed the jew temple in the year 70. Which side today?

    July 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous


      July 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Um.. just a small FYI.. The "Roman Empire" and the "Holy Roman Empire" are two drastically different Empires. One existed during the ancient period around the Mediterranean sea, the later being in northern Europe in what is today mainly Germany during the Medieval period. The "Roman" Empire being based in Rome, thus the name, the latter having Roman Catholicism as it's religion, thus the name.

      July 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Rome occupied ISRAEL when Jesus was a jew nborn into his parents religion jiust like many are. As a man Jesus chose The Way, a way far different than the jewish way Jesus exposed for it's greed and's traditions that make God's word invalid. He called jew leaders "offspring of viper" and identified them and theirs as the children of God's enemy, NOT God's chosen people.
    Rome took the temple treasures as bounty of war and used funds to further distract roman citizens with free circus and bread. (sort of like welfare, only with w/cable TV)

    July 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Your History

      What were the exact borders of ISRAEL if you are so....knowledgable? Do tell. You can't. There WEREN'T ANY!!

      July 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Know Your History

      Rome invaded and occupied Judea. Judea was not/is not Israel. Know your history.

      July 4, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. d

    no more $$$$$$$$$$$$$ for ppv, hbo, mgm, arum, pac, all of em

    July 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Welfare with cable TV included. Wow. Wouldn't that be something to tell your grandkids.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Know Your History

    Sure, sure, as soon as you apologize for being wrong on the Roman Gladiator thing. And I'm not wrong.

    July 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Know Your History

    Not to mention that the fall of Jerusalem wasn't the fall of Israel, because it didn't EXIST then. For popular purposes, that is the way search engines work...Jerusalem isn't Israel, although it is the capital of Israel today...apology accepted.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      The Kingdom of Israel was the kingdom proclaimed by the Israelite nation around 1030 B.C.E. – 1020 B.C.E., enduring until it fell to the Assyrian empire in 722 B.C.E..

      Judah is often referred to as the Southern Kingdom to distinguish it from the Northern Kingdom (the Kingdom of Israel) after the two ent ities divided. Its capital was Jerusalem. It endured as an independent kingdom, with intermittent periods of vassalage to foreign powers, from the reign of Rehoboam until the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E. (See chart below).

      source: New World Encyclopedia – Maps included

      July 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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