Arum: Attorney general should have interviewed judges
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum is disappointed that the Nevada State Attorney General did not interview the three judges who scored the controversial bout between Filipino fight king Manny Pacquiao and American Timothy Bradley Jr.
The Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto wrote Arum earlier today, informing him that “there do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred.”
Bradley defeated Pacquiao via a highly controversial split decision, with judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross scoring it 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth had the same score for Pacquiao.
Speaking with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, Arum said he was happy that no criminal violation was discovered, but disappointed that the Attorney General’s Office did not interview the three judges who scored the fight.
Cortez Masto instead interviewed referee Robert Byrd and Nevada State Athletic Commission director Keith Kizer.
“They spent a lot of time interviewing the referee who had nothing to do with judging the fight, and I didn’t see any interviews with the three judges who scored it,” Arum said. “Wouldn’t you do that if you were looking into it?”
“Anybody who reads that letter is going to say, ‘Hey, wait a second. The three people who, in effect, caused this, why weren’t they interviewed?’” Arum added.
Arum said the Attorney General’s investigation would have been “far more thorough” if the three judges had been interviewed.
“They probably would have come to the same conclusion, but at least they would have talked to the people at the center of the issue,” he added.
The World Boxing Organization (WBO), the boxing body which sanctioned the fight, also conducted their own review of the fight.
Two weeks ago, the WBO announced that a panel of five international judges re-scored the bout unanimously in Pacquiao’s favor, though they will not strip Bradley of the welterweight title.