Nevada state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto managed to uncover zero corruption in the June 9 bout at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, that saw WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley unwittingly steal Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao’s belt after incompetent judges awarded “Desert Storm” an asinine split decision victory.
“Displeasure with the subjective decisions of sporting officials is not a sufficient basis for this office to initiate a criminal investigation,” Masto wrote in a letter. “There do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred.”
Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, the matchmaker for both Bradley (29-0-0-1, 12 KOs) and Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), sought an inquiry on June 11 to “show the world that there were no improprieties.”
Arum, a corruptible weasel who acknowledged during a 2000 federal trial that he bribed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to attain a higher ranking for one of his pugilists, refused comment on Masto’s decision.
As was essentially confirmed last month after a five-member international scoring panel for the WBO all declared Pacquiao the victor, the Filipino superstar is, was, and always will be, a vastly sounder boxer than Bradley.
Nevertheless, despite the felonious scoring by a trio of humps, the 28-year-old Bradley, presently rated by Ring Magazine as the eighth pound-for-pound prizefighter in the world, is a likable man who showed heart, and moxie, to continue battling a legend after suffering a fractured left foot and severely sprained right ankle in the bout.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
“The fight was an absolute disgrace,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “Corrupt officials and decisions like this one are destroying boxing.”
As evidenced by his paltry knockout percentage, Bradley possesses feathery fists and wasn’t physically capable of damaging “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” when they fought for 36-minutes approximately three-weeks ago.
In stark contrast to the slightly above-average Bradley, the 33-year-old Pacquiao, voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is blessed with superior hand-speed, accuracy and punching power and his footwork is utterly elite.
Regardless, the WBO can’t overturn the result of the fight and “there do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred.”
Therefore, history will show that Manny Pacquiao was defeated by Timothy Bradley.