WBO decision is pointless, says analyst
MANILA, Philippines – A boxing analyst on Thursday slammed the World Boxing Organization's (WBO) re-scoring of the controversial bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley as "pointless," noting that it will have no actual effect on the boxers.
Al Mendoza, speaking on radio DZMM, said there was no point to the WBO's decision regarding the Pacquiao-Bradley bout.
On Thursday, a five-man panel convened by the sanctioning body said they unanimously scored the fight in Pacquiao’s favor, 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.
"Tinatanong mo ako kanina kung anong saysay? Walang saysay 'yan," Mendoza told Ted Failon.
Mendoza opined that the WBO was only trying to create more controversy in order to drum up interst in the sport.
"Doon sa ginawang desisyon ng WBO, mas malamang 'yan – hindi ko naman dinederetso o sinisigurado – mas malamang gumagawa lang ng kontrobersiya 'yan. Ang boxing nabubuhay sa kontrobersiya," he said.
Mendoza said there was no point to re-scoring the bout because it will not affect the actual result, which was a split decision victory in Bradley's favor, especially as the WBO will not strip the American of the championship belt anyway.
"Pwedeng palusot lang nila na, sa aming pananaw, si Pacquiao ang nanalo, pero 'di naman binabawi 'yung titulo ni Bradley," he said.
"Kung gagawin lang nila 'yun, parang pampapogi lang nila. Pang-create ng controversy. Pero in totality, walang epekto 'yun," Mendoza dded.
"Kalokohan lang 'yan."
Moreover, the WBO's decision was merely the opinion of the five judges they chose to re-score the bout.
"Basta, opinion lang nila 'yun. 'Yung pinili nilang lima ay naniniwala na nanalo si Pacquiao. Eh 'yun naman ang paniniwala ng buong mundo. Parang sinasakyan lang nila ang paniniwala ng buong mundo na nanalo si Pacquiao," he said.
"Pero sa totoong score, sa totong pangyayari, eh panalo si Bradley," Mendoza said.
Mendoza fears that the WBO’s decision will have a negative effect, especially on its relationship with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Mendoza said the NSAC upheld the judges' decision on fight night, as it was a "judgment call."
"Hindi maganda ang ginawang 'yan ng WBO... nagpapakita sila ng disrespect sa NSAC. It could create more trouble," he said.
The NSAC can sanction the WBO so that it will not be able to hold boxing matches in Nevada, Mendoza said.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, welcomed the result of the WBO’s re-scoring.
"Masaya tayo at lumabas na ang katotohanan, at nabigyan ng katarungan at sulit ang hirap ng mga fans na pinaglaban nila ako," he said in an interview with ANC.
The bout is still being investigated by the Nevada State Attorney General and the NSAC.