Pacquiao wins review, wants rematch with Bradley
Timothy Bradley of the U.S. (right) defends against Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO welterweight title match at the MGM Grand Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unbeaten Bradley ended Pacquiao's long unbeaten run with a controversial split decision victory over the Filipino ring icon. / JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
(AP) MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao says he wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley after a five-judge panel assembled by the WBO championship committee unanimously favored the Filipino fighter in a video review.
Pacquiao said Thursday he would prefer a rematch rather than Bradley giving up the WBO welterweight title that he won on a split decision because "people may think I just usurped it."
The five judges on the review panel all scored the fight in Pacquiao's favor 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. At the June 9 bout in Las Vegas, judge Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, and Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score. The Associated Press scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao.
"My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title," Pacquiao said.
The WBO can't overturn the result of the fight.
Giving voice to the outrage over Bradley's controversial split decision over Pacquiao, two senators introduced legislation earlier this week that would create a special boxing commission to oversee all matches in the United States and restore integrity to the sport.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who boxed while at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a former middleweight boxer, are pushing the measure establishing the U.S. Boxing Commission, an entity that would carry out federal boxing law, work with the industry and local commissions and license boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations.
Speaking on the Senate floor, McCain evoked the words of former sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, who called boxing the "red light district of sports." He said the recent dispute stemming from the welterweight bout between Bradley and Pacquiao "is the latest example of the legitimate distrust boxing fans have for the integrity of the sport."
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