In the aftermath of his client Manny Pacquiao's split-decision loss to his other client Timothy Bradley, boxing promoter Bob Arum is refusing a rematch and demanding an investigation. Most observers felt Pacquiao won the fight by a wide margin and were shocked when two judges ruled it a win for Bradley.
Some, including ESPN's Teddy Atlas and this blogger, had speculated that Arum stood to profit from a contractually mandated rematch between Bradley and Pacquiao. Arum's latest statements seem to indicate that he's feeling the pressure from the public outcry or that he truly has no interest in the rematch.
Kevin Iole at Yahoo! quoted Arum as follows:
"I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the (Nevada Athletic Commission) gave any particular instruction and how they came to this conclusion," said Arum, who at the post-fight news conference was adamant the result was a mistake but not the result of any chicanery. "But the whole sport is in an uproar. People are going crazy.
"If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, OK. I would still disagree, but then we're off the hook in terms of there being no conspiracy. But there needs to be an independent investigation because it strains credulity that an event everybody saw as so one-sided one way all three judges saw it as close. It strains credulity."
Nevada officials, including NSAC executive director Keith Kizer are insisting there is no need for an investigation.