MANILA, Philippines - Filipino lawyer and boxing enthusiast Romulo Macalintal has filed a complaint before the Nevada Attorney General questioning the “highly questionable” decision in the match between boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten American Timothy Bradley.
In a seven-page complaint addressed to Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Macalintal said he instituted the complaint “as a boxing fan or enthusiast whose right to a fair and credible verdict in any sporting event, like the millions of boxing fans and enthusiasts, is entitled to the protection by the state where the said event is held.”
He said his complaint may be treated as a “class suit on behalf of those boxing fans who also deserved to be heard of their complaint and grievances and whose number is so huge that it is impracticable to include them in this letter-complaint.”
The letter complaint was mailed last June 16 (US time). The attorney general’s office is expected to receive the complaint by June 18 (US time).
In a separate email to reporters, Macalintal said he has not informed Pacquiao of his intentions.
Macalintal described himself as a United States tourist visa holder. He said he went to the US on June 3 to watch the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.
Macalintal is more known in the country as an election lawyer and has represented several personalities in the past, including former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He also represented President Benigno Aquino III during his early days in politics.
Although he asked that “legal formalities” be waived in the interest of justice, he told the attorney general that he has a right to complain because he “strongly feels and believes that the decision rendered by the judges was not fair and did not reflect the true results of the said boxing bout.”
Personal meeting with Muhammad Ali
He said he is not a boxing expert but he has been a fan since his younger days. He said he has collected news items and other clippings of boxing icons such as Muhammad Ali and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.
He said his collection has “earned him the distinction of being the only one to have a two-hour personal meeting with Muhammad Ali in September 1975 Thrilla in Manila because of the undersigned’s scrapbook containing news clips of Ali’s fight and life dating back to the ‘60s.”
He said he was seated at Seat No. 4, Row E, Floor Section during the Pacquaio-Bradley bout, which he said gave him the vantage point of what happened.
“And as observed by the complainant and almost all those present and those who watched it via pay per view programming, it was as clear as the sunlight that it was Pacquiao who won the fight with his aggressiveness inside the ring as he delivered those powerful punches that clearly hit and hurt Bradley in most of the rounds,” he said.
Based on his personal scorecard, Macalintal said he gave Pacquiao nine rounds as compared to Bradley’s three rounds.
He said his findings reflected that of a vast majority of fans, sportswriters, experts and analysts.
He said the findings of the investigation will be of great help to the world of sports.
“For the real losers in such an event, are not only the participants, but the viewing public who deserve all the protections from the state that sanctions the event,” he said.
Macalintal is still in California and will be back in Manila on June 29. He gave the attorney general his temporary address there.