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Arum demands Pacquiao-Bradley probe

ESPN staff
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Promoter Bob Arum has called for an independent investigation into the controversial Manny Pacquiao v Timothy Bradley fight in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Bradley, the new WBO welterweight champion, was awarded a points decision by the judges that has attracted widespread condemnation, with many feeling Pacquiao did more than enough to win the contest.

And Arum, who promotes both men, feels that there needs to be a probe into how those scoring the bout arrived at the verdict they did.

"I want to investigate whether there was any undue influence, whether the [Nevada Athletic Commission] gave any particular instruction and how they [the judges] came to this conclusion," said Arum to boxingscene.com.

"If this was a subjective view that each of [the judges] honestly held, okay. 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. The whole sport is in uproar. People are going crazy."

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