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Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Bob Arum Files Appeal, Nevada Commission to Review Scores

Kevin McRae@@McRaeWritesFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2012

Fallout continues from Saturday's shocking decision as promoter Bob Arum has filed for a formal investigation and the NSAC will review the judges' scoring of the fight.
Fallout continues from Saturday's shocking decision as promoter Bob Arum has filed for a formal investigation and the NSAC will review the judges' scoring of the fight.Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

The fallout from Tim Bradley's inexplicable decision win over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night continued Monday as promoter Bob Arum filed formal paperwork asking for an investigation into the scoring.

The request was submitted to Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez. The report, according to ESPN.com's boxing writer Dan Rafael, seeks a "full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring."

While Arum, who promotes both fighters, may seem disingenuous to some, one cannot ignore the worldwide outrage over the split-decision victory awarded to Timothy Bradley.

After the fight, it was difficult to find anyone, save for Duane Ford and CJ Ross, who felt Bradley did enough to lose a close decision, much less win one.

The public has a right to know. The fighters have a right to know, said Arum. The only way to restore fans' confidence in boxing is by letting an independent body investigate every detail of the fight no matter how big or small. Sunshine never hurt anyone.

It is unclear at this point whether the Nevada Attorney General's Office will investigate the circumstances surrounding the decision. While the oversight would certainly help the sport, the damage has already been done to its credibility with many fans.

The decision to seek an attorney general investigation comes on the heels of a report by The Ring Magazine that Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director plans to review the scoring with each of the three judges.

I've talked with all three judges after the bout, as well as today. We're going to review the tape of the bout because there was so much controversy, and because there was so much disagreement with the decision, said Kizer.

I want them to review it with me for my own edification. So I'm going to have them come in individually and we will watch it. I expect these judges will show that they used correct scoring criteria and can verbalize their decision-making, as they have be able to do in the past.

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While he plans to review the fight with his judges, Kizer also pointed out that such reviews are normal and not an indication of any dissatisfaction on his part.

This is by no means any kind of negative thing. I want to have them come in and take a look at the replay with me, which happens from time to time, and which they were going to do on their own anyway.

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