Found June 13, 2012 on
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is using boxer Manny Pacquiao's controversial defeat over the weekend to push for long-stalled legislation to more strictly regulate the sport.
The Nevada Democrat, who knows Pacquiao and has enjoyed the famous boxer's political support in the past, was asked about the Filipino superstar's shocking loss Saturday to Timothy Bradley and the judges' controversial decision.
"From all the reports that I've seen by people on the outside who saw the fight, who attempted to be fair and judge the fight, Pacquiao won the fight," said Reid, himself a former amateur boxer and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
From there, he suggested Congress should again take up a boxing regulatory bill that he has been pushing with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the past decade.
"Senator McCain and I have been trying for years -- years -- to get a national boxing bill passed here," he said. "We have not been able to do it. Maybe this will be the impetus (for McCain and I to) get back, work on that again. I haven't had the chance to talk to him in the last 24 hours, but I will."
A McCain spokesman later told the Las Vegas Sun that the senator is considering introducing the bill again and considers the Pacquiao-Bradley decision a "black mark" on boxing's reputation.
The bill in question would establish a National Boxing Commission to regulate the sport with health and safety standards. The first version of the bill set licensing standards for boxers, judges and referees and registration standards for promoters, trainers and others.
Reid also said he's comfortable with the state attorney general investigating the decision but does not believe anything "untoward" took place.
Two judges scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley, while the other scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao. Meanwhile, HBO's longtime scorer, Harold Lederman, scored only one round in favor of Bradley.
BEST OF MAXIM
A LITTLE MUCH
Timothy Bradley says he's received plenty of death threats since winning a controversial decision against Manny Pacquiao.
Manny Pacquiao has a lot of supporters aching for a rematch after his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley. The latest to join the forefront: Pacquiao's mother. While Dionisia Pacquiao had often asked her son to leave boxing, she says for once she can't wait to see him get back in the ring. "I want all of Manny's fans to know there will be a revenge and that he...
It has taken me awhile to try to comprehend what happened in Las Vegas, but the unthinkable happened. And it had nothing to do with being out of shape, distractions, weight, endurance, height, and most importantly, not boxing. It had to do with boxing judges who either do not know what they were doing, or other sinister means were involved. Unfortunately I cannot say that it is one...
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Fight Means Rankings Update Time
What a weekend it has been. Pacquiao certainly looked as if he had thoroughly controlled Timothy Bradley, but guess what? The judges didn't seem to agree with the rest of the human world. Either way, with the Pacquiao vs. Bradley results in and the controversy still raging, it's time to go back to the rankings...
Everything has to evolve. To sit still while others are improving and progressing is to fall hopelessly behind.
Boxing and horse racing are still trying to live on the same things they did 100 years ago, when they, with baseball, were among the most popular sports in the country. This past Saturday, with a big fight and the Triple Crown finale the same day, these two museum-pieces...
The boxing match over the weekend was fixed. It’s rather clear. Timothy Bradley “won” a split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
I’ll touch on stats for only a moment. According to the HBO broadcast, Pacquiao landed 190 of 493 power punches to Bradley’s 108 of 390. In terms of overall punches, Pacquiao also outlanded Bradley...
Those of you who follow boxing know that last weekend the sport saw one of the most controversial decisions of all time. Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao to become the welterweight champion, and people who know boxing say it was obvious that Pacquiao won the fight. For a tremendously thorough analysis on how and why the fight could have been fixed, be sure to read LB’s thoughts...
The controversy stemming from Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley disaster continues unabated. Promoter Bob Arum has refused to create a rematch between the two fighters unless an investigation is launched into the judging (and presumably the judges themselves) of the welterweight title fight.
Then-champion Pacquiao lost a very questionable decision to Bradley despite outlanding...
Is this not the worst victory ever.. This dude just beat the best boxer of his era and now look at him… First, the decision is being reviewed by the WBO. As if he had any say in the decision it’s not his fault. I’m not really sure why the judges would fix this fight [...]
One of boxing's major sanctioning bodies will review Timothy Bradley's controversial split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao, the first step toward what promoter Bob Arum hopes will be ''clarity'' in the judging of the fight.
WBO President Francisco ''Paco'' Valcarcel said in a statement Wednesday that the WBO's championship committee...
Now I haven't actually seen the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley that took place on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but I heard that the decision made by the three ringside judges was anything but fair. In fact, it was one of the worst decisions in the history of boxing. Bradley was given a split-decision victory, but from all reports it was clearly a dominant performance...
Bob Arum, Chairman and CEO of Top Rank, said today that he has submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for a full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of Saturday’s WBO welterweight championship fight between defending champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger Timothy Bradley. The Pacquiao-Bradley welterweight title...
ONE HITTER QUITTER
All it takes it one punch.
Last week, Matt Rury had an emergency appendectomy and had to miss Careless Whispers only upon the strenuous objections of his doctors. But ladies, Rury is back! This week the fellas will be doing a postmortem on the Celtics, discussing the Manny Pacquiao disaster in Vegas, and making their predictions for the Finals. Oh, and [...]
When boxing reality won't do, fantasy has to: Manny Pacquiao's action figure vs. Floyd Mayweather's action figure, with Manny on a flaming motorcyle and Floyd as some kind of death monk. That video came out prior to some recent events. Which action figure do you think would win in his current state -- Manny, perhaps demoralized by his bunk loss to Timothy Bradley...