Bradley-Pacquiao investigation result shows no crime involved, Nevada attorney general saysBy Angel Cuala on Jul 4, 2012 in Boxing, Sports, United States •
The Bradley-Pacquiao investigation result showed that there was no crime involved, despite the fact that the five judges commissioned by the World Boxing Association (WBO) said earlier that Manny Pacquiao won via unanimous decision, when they reviewed the video of the match.
Tom Bradley (left) and Manny Pacquiao, during
their match last June 9, 2012
Image Credit: Getty Images
As noted at Ring TV on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, who conducted an investigation on the said fight as requested by Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum, wrote a letter to him, saying that there was no crime committed.
“After conducting an initial investigation, there do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred. As of this date, no one has presented any facts or evidence to indicate a crime has been committed by anyone involved in the Bradley/Pacquiao fight.” Masto was quoted on her letter.
“Displeasure with the subjective decisions of sporting officials is not a sufficient basis for this office to initiate a criminal investigation,” Masto added, noting that chief investigator Dale Liebherr interviewed members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
As mentioned by Masto in her letter, she did not interview any of the three judges during the Pacquiao vs Bradley fight last June 9; namely C.J. Ross and Duane Ford who both scored it 115-113 in favor of Tom Bradley, and Jerry Roth who scored it 115-113 in favor of Manny Pacquiao, but a lot of observers immediately disagreed.
However, the Nevada attorney general said that she talked to referee Robert Byrd, who said that “the only thing that was unusual was that Pacquiao was late to the pre-bout rules meeting between the referee and the fighters and was stretching and using the treadmill during the scheduled time.”
“I have no reaction to it. They spent a lot of time interviewing the referee who had nothing to do with judging the fight, and I didn’t see any interviews with the three judges who scored it? Wouldn’t you do that if you were looking into it?” Arum was quoted telling to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports after learning the investigation result.
On the other hand, Cameron Dunkin, Bradley‘s manager reportedly said that he was “not surprised with the result and expected it”, saying “I’m happy they cleared it up, and for all the paranoid people who don’t understand and who don’t know what they’re talking about, now they can calm down.”
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