Manny told to take Horn rematch, but sack ref and judges
REMATCH, then retire.
That is the plan from Manny Pacquiao's camp for the boxing legend, who controversially lost his WBO welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn last Sunday.
But a condition of any second bout will be that none of the three judges, or referee Mark Nelson, can be involved in the second fight.
The revelation comes as Filipino officials formally requested that the WBO hold an internal inquiry into the scoring of the fight by judges Waleska Roldan, Chris Flores and Ramon Cerdan, and the performance inside the ring of Nelson at Suncorp Stadium.
Pacquiao's conditioning trainer Justin Fortune said he wants his 38-year-old slugger to take the rematch with Horn in November, and then call it a day.
"The rest of the world is saying it's a bulls**t decision, the more people that say it was a crap result, the better it is for a rematch," Fortune told the Daily Telegraph.
"Manny won't want to go out like that. Knowing him like I do, he will stew on this for a couple of weeks and then decide that he can't let a loss to Jeff Horn be his last fight.
"But if a rematch happens, there needs to be an experienced referee like Kenny Bayless, Tony Weeks, Jack Reiss, Vic Drakulich. There's plenty of referees that have the experience and good enough to handle a fight like that.
"Manny won that fight by a couple of rounds. It was a close fight. How someone can score it 117-111 to Horn is beyond me.
"We would be asking for three new judges for the rematch, for sure.
"It's 1000% up to Manny whether he wants to fight again.
"I think he should take the rematch and then retire win, lose or draw, and I think (head trainer) Freddie Roach would agree with that.
"Manny has got nothing left to prove. Hopefully he comes back in the rematch and beats Horn just like he did to Tim Bradley after losing that first fight, which was also a bulls**t decision."
The Games and Amusement Board, a government department of the Philippines, wrote a statement to WBO president Francisco Valcarcel expressing concerns that the integrity of boxing had taken a hit because of the officiating.
"We would like to echo the stand of many boxing followers on the possible errors of the referee and the judges who officiated the subject fight," the board's statement said.
"While we respect the decision, we are constrained to request for a thorough review by the WBO for possible miscalls of the referee where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions on their objectivity.
"We are making this request for a review, which may call for sanctions on the referee and judges if so warranted, in furtherance of our mutual goal of protecting the integrity of the sport."
Highly respected ESPN boxing expert Dan Rafael said he was surprised to learn Roldan was given the job of judging this fight after she'd controversially scored a previous bout he had attended.
"The other (male) American judge (Flores) - and this was quite a shock to me - I had never heard of," Rafael told the Big Sports Breakfast radio show.
"It really takes a lot to come up with a championship level judge from the United States I've never heard of, that's almost impossible to do.
"I don't know what his credentials were to be a judge on this level of an international world title fight.
"The third judge (Cerdan) - who comes from Argentina - is not that experienced as a championship level judge."