BY NICK GIONGCO
LAS VEGAS – A rematch is in order for Nov. 10 but Top Rank chief Bob Arum insists that Manny Pacquiao remains the top dog despite his controversial defeat to Tim Bradley over the weekend at the MGM Grand.
“It’s not like Bradley’s replacing Pacquiao,” Arum told the Bulletin on Sunday afternoon, referring to Pacquiao’s lofty billing in the second meeting.
Bradley was awarded a highly-debatable 12-round split decision although absolutely everyone in attendance had Pacquiao winning by a lopsided margin.
Arum said the 33-year-old Pacquiao is still going to command a hefty price tag in the rematch although Bradley should get more than the $5 million he earned in his title-winning effort.
A rematch clause was included in the contract that the two fighters signed and Pacquiao has made it clear that he is going to exercise the option to get back at the 28-year-old Bradley.
The split was so horrendous that Arum is in the process of asking the Attorney General of Nevada to conduct an investigation on the three judges–CJ Ross, Duane Ford and even Jerry Roth–and the Nevada State Commission.
Ford and Ross scored it 115-113 for Bradley and even if Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, Arum said his scoring was incomprehensible.