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Five judges to review fight result

Five international judges will be involved in a review of the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.

The WBO has announced that a review of the welterweight title fight will be undertaken as a result of the controversial result in Las Vegas last weekend. Bradley won on a split decision.

WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel said on Wednesday the organisation’s championship committee would review video material of the fight.

Five "recognised international judges" would be involved and will make a recommendation.

Valcarcel said in a statement the WBO did not doubt the ability of the judges who scored the fight.

Bradley won 115-113 on two scorecards and lost by the same margin on the third. The decision was roundly booed by spectators at the MGM Grand arena.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has submitted a formal request for an inquiry to the Nevada attorney general's office.


Earlier, top US senator Harry Reid backed calls for a probe into the fight. However, Reid said he believed there was "nothing untoward" in the scoring.

AFP reports that the three judges have been under pressure to explain their scoring, which many experts regard as flawed.

"If an investigation makes everyone feel better, do the investigation," Democratic senate majority leader Reid, a onetime amateur boxer, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

"I am confident that there was nothing untoward. People make bad decisions in a lot of things they do, including judging fights," he said.

"But it doesn't hurt to clear the air and take a look at this."

Jerry Roth give Pacquiao the fight 115-113, but CJ Ross and Duane Ford both had Bradley winning by the same score.

Promoter Bob Arum has questioned the competence of the judges, the selection process the Nevada State Athletic Commission used to choose them, and the fact that all came from Nevada.

Arum said after the fight the scoring was the result of incompetence and not corruption, but on Monday he said he would ask the Nevada attorney-general's office "for a full and complete inquiry."

Reid is a former member of the state's athletic commission, and said he judged a few fights before entering politics.

"It's an inexact science," he said. "From all the reports that I've seen by people on the outside who saw the fight, who attempted to be fair and judge the fight, Pacquiao won the fight."

Reid also said the controversy could be an opportunity for him and Republican senator John McCain to resume their efforts to get a national boxing bill passed in Congress.

"We have not been able to do it. Maybe this will be the impetus that Senator McCain can get back to work on that again," Reid said, adding that he would talk to McCain about the issue.


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