Pacquiao-Bradley fight issues trigger revival of US boxing bill
Controversies stemming from the reported flawed officiating by judges of the recently-staged Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight have triggered a possible revival of a US boxing bill now pending in congress
The pending boxing bill was filed in US congress in 2007
and was reintroduced in 2009 under the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
One of the salient features of the bill is the creation of a boxing body known as the US Boxing Commission which will be tasked to regulate the sport of boxing in the country.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Harry Reid, who is a former amateur boxer, said he favors an investigation of the controversial fight held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last June 9.
"If an investigation makes everyone feel better, do the investigation," Democratic Senate Majority Leader Reid, himself a onetime amateur boxer, told reporters in Washington
"I am confident that there was nothing untoward, I think people just make bad decisions in a lot of things they do, including judging fights," he added.
"But it doesn't hurt to clear the air and take a look at this."
Reid, who was endorsed by Pacquiao in the last election said he would revisit the pending boxing bill in congress in cooperation with Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
“Maybe this will be the impetus for Sen. McCain and I to get back and work on it again,” Reid said.
Pacquiao and Bradley fought to a controversial split decision amid protests from millions of fans from around the world assailing the judges flawed scoring.
Pacquiao and his corner, along with thousands of people in the audience, were visibly shocked at the result of judges scoring which favored Bradley.
Judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford scored the fight at 115-113 in favor of Bradley while judge Jerry Roth had it at 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao.
After the fight, Pacquiao called on his millions of fans to accept the judges' decision But he said he knew he won the fight.