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Pacquiao wins WBO decision

Manila, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao says he wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley after the sanctioning body reviewed their controversial bout of June 9 and said the Filipino fighter should have been given the decision.

Pacquiao said Thursday he would prefer a rematch to Bradley giving up the WBO welterweight title which the American won on a split decision because “people may think I just usurped it”.

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Timothy Bradley. Credit: AP

A panel of five judges were assembled by the WBO championship committee to review the June 9 bout and said it should have been awarded to Pacquiao. He said: “My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title.”

The WBO can not overturn the result of the fight or force Bradley to surrender the belt, but can authorise a rematch. – Sapa-AP

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