The World Boxing Organization can’t officially change anything in Manny Pacquiao’s favor, but a five-member international review panel stated on Wednesday what the majority of the world already thought: that the Filipino boxing sensation clearly won his June 9 bout against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
However, the eight-division champion—who hadn’t lost in seven years prior to the controversial split decision to Bradley—told his fans not to worry that he would regain his welterweight belt in a November rematch against Bradley.
“My supporters shouldn’t worry. We’re going to get that title,” Pacquiao told the Associated Press from the Philippines.
The judges on the review panel all scored the bout in Pacquiao’s favor with scores of 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. Official judge Jerry Roth scored the bout 115-113 in Pacquiao’s favor on fight night, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross scored the bout for the undefeated Bradley by the same margin, created a worldwide uproar.
“We can’t change the result but we did this review for two reasons,” WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel told ESPN.com. “If they want to make a rematch, we will approve the rematch and if they don’t, we will order one. Also, we wanted to show (the Nevada State Athletic Commission) that they could bring in other officials from outside of Nevada who can also do a fine job judging fights. It’s good to have different officials.”