Nevada AG sees Pac-Bradley fight dispute closed

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jul 04 2012 09:36 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2012 08:20 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- A month after the controversial loss of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao to Timothy Bradley, the Pac-Brad fiasco is still the talk of the town among boxing fans from all over.

The investigation of Pacquiao’s controversial loss did not only reach the World Boxing Organization (WBO) sanctioning agency but it also the office of the Nevada Attorney General.

In a previous interview with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the commission left the investigation into the hands of the Attorney General’s office.

The Office of the Attorney General has concluded the investigation in an official letter to Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.

In the 3-page letter, Nevada’s Attorney General Catherine Masto said that there was no criminal activity and no violation by the 3 judges, the gaming commission, the referee Robert Byrd, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission during the Pacquiao-Bradley match.

“This office has received no allegations of criminal activity from anyone regarding this fight even so further review was conducted,” Masto said.

During an initial interview between the Attorney General’s office and Byrd, the latter said that it was a close fight and the only thing unusual was the delay in the scheduled fight start time due to Pacquiao’s lengthy stretching and treadmill use before the fight.

“Pacquiao was stretching and using the treadmill during the scheduled time which resulted in him being late for the meeting and this delayed the start time,” says Masto.

The second investigation was on the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC), but the gaming control said they have not received any complaints nor were there any reported abnormalities to form a basis to initiate any type of review of the betting on the Pac-Brad fight.

“The gaming control Board, with respect to the Bradley/Pacquiao fight, had received no complaints nor were there any reported abnormalities to form a basis for the gaming control board to initiate any type of review of the betting on the Bradley/Pacquiao fight,” says Masto.

Last was the scoring of the three judges. The Attorney General said the NSAC has received no evidence proving that the established procedures for scoring were not followed in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight.

“The majority opinion by the judges is conclusive and if there is no majority the fight is considered a draw.

Director Kizer said the Nevada Athletic Commission has received no evidence the established procedures for scoring were not followed in the Bradey-Pacquiao fight.”

Masto ruled: “displeasure with the subjective decisions of sporting officials is not a sufficient basis for this office to initiate a criminal investigation.”

The Attorney General’s Office considers the issue closed.

Arum has yet to react about the decision made by the Attorney General’s Office.