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. Know Your History

    Still awaiting your boundaries for Israel in ancient times...sorry, not making it about you, but the post that was wrong in information. It's a good thing I am around to correct mistakes. Someone might take such posts a fact.

    July 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dana

    Manny punked out. His head is larger than his skill at the moment. Quit the singing, quit politics, quit partying. You need to retire a champion or like Ali, punch drunk. Frasier also comes to mind.

    July 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I haven't seen a boxing match since Tyson bit off part of Evander's ear.
    I still want to know why the AG wouldn't question the three judges, whose decision this debate has wholly rested on...

    July 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ted Striker

    Wow noobs arguing over Israel and the Byzantine empire in a boxing article

    Let's talk about Pankration sillies

    HAPPY 69th of JULY

    July 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ginger

      True. What this has to do with a contentious boxing fight is anyone's guess. Given the argument that I've just read, I would say that the topic of the Bradley/Pacquiao controversy is more relevant, and more interesting.

      July 5, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. 40yearfan

    No more Boxing for me, Go MMA!!!

    July 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      The same people that are judging boxing are judging MMA too, don't you think the corruption will eventuallly effect the UFC

      July 5, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. BurstBubble

    The word Fraud, "a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities", comes to mind when I look at this fight. If they can calculate the punches per round and the "chosen victor" doesn't have the numbers to back up the judges decision, I think there is a problem. These judges should be tossed out forever, never to judge a fight again. The DA not prosecuting these judges means it is just politics at work here. Bradley himself didn't believe he won the fight. He could man up and give the belt back to Pacman???? Happy 4th of JULY!!

    July 4, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ginger

    What is popularly known as the Kingdom of Israel, historically, is not the same thing as country known today as Israel. The two, in reality, are completely different things. Similar to apples and oranges.

    July 5, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ginger

    Similarly, the Empires and Kingdoms that were relevant in ancient times had no known boundaries; they encompassed whole continents, depending on who the victor was. There was no known country of Israel; Israel and Israelites were loosely known as the people of the Jewish faith. Israel did not exist as a recognized country until 1948, when it was created. Israelites, as a loosely termed group of people of the Jewish faith, exists primarily in the ancient texts that tracked the wanderings and sufferings of a people who believed in one God. I don't even know why I am talking about all this; I have read such silly things tonight about this, and I suspect that it will fall on deaf ears. Good night.

    July 5, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    Looks like the AG, NSAC and the unseen hands are all in bed together. How can the AG miss questioning the obvious culprits? The ruling of AG sealed what we already know. It's time that Pacquiao go to Europe, Dubai or Singapore. It was obvious that something ominous was happening behind the scene.... something foreboding.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Judith

    The AG had nothing to act on with regard to a crime: Thus the AG has no further part in this matter. It is not a legal matter simply because you cannot convict a person on what is basically a personal opinion.

    The WBO however have to take action if they feel that the judges acted in a manner that did not fit the facts. If the judges were as incompetant as has been suggested they must never permit the concerned judges to act as ringside officials, even as water carriers.

    They just have to ensure that in November there are judges who are not suffering from senile dementia.

    July 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    This type of game should be abolished in the first place.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JVG

    our clan will never watch boxing again.AG does'nt know about boxing

    July 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. frank

    met someone that was bared from fighting because he killed someone in the ring after the 2rd or 3rd round! They said he was a power hitter....

    July 5, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. frank

    Power hitter or skull crusher...he hit dude so hard that his temple lope was ruptured,skull fractured.....

    July 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SK

    I gave 4 rounds to Bradley and that was being extremelt generous, there is no way he won that fight. it's obviously a fix.

    July 6, 2012 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
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