Re-score

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

The World Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion will re-score the Manny Pac­quiaoJ­eff Horn wel­ter­weight ti­tle fight be­cause of the con­tentious unan­i­mous de­ci­sion awarded to the Aus­tralian chal­lenger, but there is no plan to change the re­sult.

The WBO was re­spond­ing to a Philip­pines gov­ern­ment de­part­ment’s re­quest to re­view the fight af­ter Pac­quiao said the de­ci­sion against him last Satur­day in Brisbane, Aus­tralia, was un­fair.

The Philip­pines Games and Amuse­ments Board (GAB) said it based the re­quest on pro­tect­ing box­ing’s in­tegrity, cit­ing pos­si­ble mis­calls by the ref­eree and judges. But the WBO re­it­er­ated its only hope of re­vok­ing the fight judges’ de­ci­sion rests on prov­ing fraud in match of­fi­ci­at­ing.

The fight at Brisbane’s Sun­corp Sta­dium was scored 117-111 by Waleksa Roldan and 115-113 each by Chris Flores and Ra­mon Cer­dan, with Roldan’s score com­ing in for most crit­i­cism.

In Manila, Philip­pines, GAB Chair­man Abra­ham Kahlil Mi­tra wel­comed the WBO’s de­ci­sion to carry out a re­view, say­ing that even if that won’t change the out­come of the con­tentious bout, it will send a strong sig­nal that any sign of le­niency, abuse of au­thor­ity or wrong­do­ing would not be tol­er­ated.

WBO Pres­i­dent Fran­cisco Val­car­cel said five anony­mous judges will re­view the bout, as­sign­ing their own scores to rounds.

Pac­quiao, 38, and Horn, 29, have a re­match clause in their con­tract.

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