Nev. AG: Pacquiao decision not a crime

July 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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LAS VEGAS, July 4 (UPI) -- The judges' decision that gave Timothy Bradley a 115-113 win over Manny Pacquiao may have been subjective but not criminal, the Nevada attorney general says.

Catherine Cortez Masto responded to a request by Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions to review the decision, the Las Vegas Sun reported. She said the referee, Robert Byrd, and other officials were interviewed, although not the judges, and no evidence of criminal activity was found.

"Displeasure with subjective scoring decisions of scoring officials is not a sufficient basis for this office to initiate a criminal investigation," Cortez Masto wrote. "Unless evidence beyond mere displeasure is forthcoming, this matter will be considered closed. While there may be strong disagreement with the decision, the exercise of professional judgement by individuals officiating at a sporting event is not by itself a criminal investigation."

Pacquiao was favored to win going into last month's welterweight match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the odds 4-1 in his favor. Most observers believed he had won, but the judges, Duane Ford and C.J. Ross, ruled for Bradley.

Five World Boxing Organization officials who reviewed the fight declared Pacquiao the winner, but their decision does not change the outcome.

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