Pacquiao loss stuns Joe Cortez
MANILA, Philippines - Veteran American boxing referee Joe Cortez was left stunned and speechless by Manny Pacquiao's controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in their title fight over the weekend.
In a video clip uploaded on YouTube, Cortez's jaw fell when he heard the ring announcer, Michael Buffer, read the judges' scorecards in the bout.
He declined to comment on the result of the match but a mixed look of surprise, bewilderment, and concern is written all over his face after he takes a seat beside an unidentified woman.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum, amid allegations of either corruption or incompetence of fight judges in the bout, has asked the Nevada Attorney General to investigate the case.
Arum has requested a "full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring" of Pacquiao's shocking split decision loss to Bradley last Saturday at the MGM Grand at the office of Catherine Cortez Masto, the Nevada State AG.
Bradley was named the winner with scores of 113-115, 115-113 and 115-113, becoming the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion in the process.
It was an extremely unpopular result, as many felt Pacquiao had won the fight comfortably.
"The public has a right to know what happened. The fighters have a right to know," Arum said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer said he will be reviewing the tape of the bout.
Kizer told RingTV he wanted to view the tape together with ring judges Duane Ford, C.J. Ross and Jerry Roth.
"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," Kizer said.
The NSAC executive said he wanted the judges to explain how they came up with their scoring.
Very few people agreed with the judges' decision.
Majority of members of the media who watched the fight at ringside had Pacquiao winning by a wide margin.