The five-man panel convened by World Boxing Organization President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel declared Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao the winner of the June 9 boxing match, wherein Timothy Bradley dethroned Pacquiao as the welterweight titleholder.
The five judges, who were asked to review the fight’s video, re-scored the Pacquiao-Bradley bout and held out the scores 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113—unanimously favoring Pacquiao.
Valcarcel released the result of the re-scoring to RingTV.com on June 19, Wednesday (June 21, Thursday in Manila).
In an interview by DZMM, a grateful Pacquiao expressed, “Ito siguro ay hindi lang para sa akin kundi para sa boxing… [para] mabigyan ng leksyon ang mga judges na gumagawa ng ganoon."
He also believes that this new decision will reinstate the faith of the boxing fanatics who have been critical and vocal about their dissent with the previous decision.
The original three-member panel of the match held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas said Bradley won over Pacquiao by the scores of 115-113 by judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford. Meanwhile, judge Jerry Roth said Pacquiao won, 115-113.
Pacquiao said in a separate interview with Mornings @ ANC, "Masaya tayo at lumabas ang katotohanan at nabigyan ng katarungan.
“Sulit ang hirap ng mga fans na pinaglaban nila ako."
A plethora of negative sentiments and opinions was expressed over social networking sites Twitter and Facebook after it was decided during the June 9 fight that Bradley had won over Pacquiao.
A trending topic on Twitterosphere was #RIPBoxing, all the while boxing fans threatened they might decide to stop supporting the sport of boxing in the future.
REMATCH? According to Valcarcel, the WBO does not permit for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight to be overturned.
“The only thing that we can do now authorize a rematch,” he stated.
A clause contained in Pacquiao and Bradley’s match contract says that a rematch is scheduled on November 10.
However, this is contradicted by Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum and Top Rank officials who say it will not push through.
It is reported that Pacquiao is in fact considering a fourth bout with Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico in November.