The Attorney General of Nevada has looked into the controversial Pacquiao-Bradley fight upon request of promoter Bob Arum and has found nothing wrong in the decision made by three Nevada judges in declaring Timothy Bradley the rightful winner.
According to a report by the Associated Press:
Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto informed Top Rank chief honcho Bob Arum in a letter that "interviews with the referee of the June 9 fight, two Nevada Gaming Control Board officials and (Nevada) Athletic Commission Director Keith Kizer turned up no evidence of wrongdoing."
"In her letter to Arum that was made public on Tuesday, Masto said that displeasure with the subjective decisions of sporting officials was not a sufficient basis to initiate a criminal investigation," the report added
“There do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred,” she said.
The statement, which was reportedly issued by an aide, said Masto declared the matter closed.
It appears the office of the Attorney General has consulted Keith Kizer of the Nevada Athletic Commission and two other members of the Nevada Gaming Control Board before deciding on the issue.
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley fought to a highly controversial split decision on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada. Two judges ruled in favor of the unbeaten Bradley, while the third judge scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao.
The controversial decision drew widespread protests from boxing fans around the world, which prompted Bob Arum (whose Top Rank Promotions outfit handles both Pacquiao and Bradley) to request the office of the Attorney General of Nevada to investigate the controversial decision.
Post-fight statistics showed Pacquiao winning in both jabs and power punches scoreboards as shown in Compubox round-by-round fight tallies.
According to csnbayarea.com, 51 writers who covered the event or had watched the fight favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.
In another poll, HBO Sports reported 91 percent of those who viewed the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight said Pacquiao won, while only seven percent believed Bradley was the victor, and two percent deemed it a draw (via InsideSports).
In the post-fight interview, Pacquiao said he clearly won the fight, but he said he respects the judges' decision.
"I accept what the result is," Pacquiao said ringside. "I respect the judges, I cannot blame them. It is a part of the game. I give thanks to the Lord. I do my best but my best wasn't good enough." Read more:
The controversy created by what appears to be rigged scoring has prompted the US Senate to pursue a pending bill aimed at regulating the sports.
Senators Harry Reid and John McCain are spearheading the campaign to restore integrity to the sport with the creation of a US Boxing Commission under the proposed bill.