By Bert Eljera
LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao wants his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title back – and he wants to earn it in the ring.
“People may think I just usurped it,” Pacquiao said in Manila Wednesday when asked if he wants a rematch with American Timothy Bradley in light of a WBO review of the June 9 fight that showed he beat Bradley.
All five international judges scored the bout in Pacquiao’s favor – decisively in most scorecards . However, the WBO has decided to have Bradley keep the title.
Pacquiao, who lost for only the fourth time in 60 fights, said he wants to fight Bradley again to erase doubts that he won the first time and that he’s the better boxer.
“I know in my heart, and the fans know it too, that I won that fight,” he said.
Apparently, the judges from Puerto Rico, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania agreed. The scores were: 115-113, 116-112, 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111, all for Pacquiao
The official fight judges scored it 115-113 (Duane Ford and C.J. Ross) for Bradley, and 115-113 (Jerry Roth) for Pacquiao.
Pacquiao told the Associated Press in Manila: “My supporters shouldn’t worry. We’re going to get that title.”
He promised a more decisive victory this time, saying he’d not need 12 rounds to beat Bradley, who has yet to lose after 29 fights.
The Bradley-Pacquiao contract already had contained a clause calling for a rematch on Nov. 10, but Pacquiao, who is expected to arrive Sunday in Los Angeles to confer with Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, is also initiating contacts with Juan Manuel Marquez for a possible fourth bout.
If that happens, the fight is likely to be held in Mexico City, also in November, in what could be another lucrative face-off between Pacquiao and Marquez ((54-6-1, 39 knockouts).