MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao expressed interest in getting his title back from Timothy Bradley after the World Boxing Organization (WBO) scored the fight for the Filipino superstar during its review on the disputed bout.
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Pacquiao said he wants to vindicate his controversial defeat by having another go at Bradley instead of being handed the belt instantly.
The eight-division champion said in an interview with The Association Press he’d rather face the unbeaten American in a rematch because "people may think I just usurped [the title]."
He also hinted to his fight fans that the rematch might take place soon.
"My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title," said Pacquiao.
Five judges convened by the WBO unanimously scored in favor of Pacquiao after reviewing his controversial split-decision loss to Bradley last June 9.
All five judges, commissioned by WBO president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, scored the bout in Pacquiao’s favor, 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.
The WBO, however, admitted that it cannot reverse the decision of the judges on fight night.
"The only thing that we can do is authorize a rematch," Valcarcel said.
The bout is being probed by the Attorney General of Nevada on the request of boxing promoter Bob Arum.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission, who tapped the three judges that scored the bout, will also review the fight video.
Pacquiao, who is also a congressman, is currently addressing the needs of his constituents in the calamity-ravaged Sarangani province.