Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 6/21/12

If nothing else, the WBO review of Manny Pacquiao's loss to Timothy Bradley means we can all feel better about our sanity and can trust our own eyes.

Actually, it really does mean nothing else. Sure, five other judges took a look at the fight and all of them scored it for Pacquiao. That's hardly surprising, and it's pretty easy for them to have done so after the fact. I'm sure their opinions weren't colored at all by the outrage over the official scores. Wink, wink.

The WBO isn't going to strip Bradley of his welterweight belt and can't change the result. It can order a rematch, but all parties involved can simply ignore the order (well, maybe not Bradley if he wants to keep his title). And besides, Pac-Man already has a rematch clause, so the whole idea of the sanctioning body ordering one is kind of pointless.

Does it vindicate those of us who thought Pacquiao was robbed? Maybe a little, but if you're like me, you were already so certain that you didn't need anyone else, especially five anonymous judges, to give you any peace of mind.

The possibility of a rematch lies entirely in Bob Arum's hands it would seem, but then it did all along. This review "win" doesn't change what happened 11 days ago and doesn't really have any impact on what may play out in the months ahead. So thanks WBO... I guess. 

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