For a big name fighter who lost his welterweight belt in a bogus split decision, Manny Pacquiao is displaying some serious grace.
After a controversial decision gave Timothy Bradley the nod in their June 9 bout in Las Vegas, Pacquiao didn’t cry foul. He simply said he wanted a shot to win back his belt.
And now that the WBO’s special five-judge panel unanimously scored the fight in Pacquiao’s favor, the eight-division world champion isn’t hooting and hollering about corruption in his sport. He just wants that rematch.
Following the WBO’s video review and the resulting decisions, Pacquiao said he would rather fight Bradley again than be handed the belt without entering the ring because “people may think I just usurped it.”
Bradley’s victory hinged on a pair of 115-113 scorings from Duane Ford and C.J. Ross. Judge Jerry Roth has Pacquiao winning by the same score.
The WBO’s judging panel all had Pacquiao winning — 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.
Pacquiao’s shocking defeat hit hard in his native Philippines where people wept for their national hero. On Saturday, Pacquiao was greeted with confetti but less pomp and circumstance than usual when he returned home to help flood victims in his home province.
“My supporters shouldn’t worry,” Pacquiao said. “We’re going to get that title.”