Manny Pacquiao says he wants rematch with Tim Bradley

6:52 AM, Jun 21, 2012   |    comments
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MANILA (AP) - Manny Pacquiao says he wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley after a five-judge panel assembled by the WBO championship committee unanimously favored the Filipino fighter in a video review.

Pacquiao said Thursday he would prefer a rematch rather than Bradley giving up the WBO welterweight title that he won on a split decision because "people may think I just usurped it."

The five judges on the review panel all scored the fight in Pacquiao's favor - 117-111, 117-111, 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. At the June 9 bout in Las Vegas, judge Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, and Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score. The Associated Press scored it 117-111 for Pacquiao. USA TODAY scored it 118-110 for Pacquiao.

"My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title," Pacquiao said.

There had been talk that Pacquiao's next fight would be against Juan Manuel Marquez, according to Marquez's promoter, Zanfer Promotions, last week.

Bradley said during a live streaming interview Tuesday night with The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun that he was all for a rematch. The rematch clause in their contract had the date set for Nov. 10, but that could change.

"I think the rematch should happen," Bradley said. "The fight was very close and it could've gone either way, regardless of what happened. I'm all for it. November 10th - let's do it. . . . all this would be taken away if we just sat down and did the rematch and settled it once and for all."

The WBO can't overturn the result of the fight, but it can order a rematch if the promoter, Top Rank, which promotes both fighters, does not do it.

Contributing: Bob Velin 

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