The World Boxing Council formed a special panel to study the statements of retired boxing referee Carlos Padilla regarding the fight between National Boxer Manny Pacquiao and Australian Nedal Hussein in 2000.
In a report in “24 Oras” this Thursday, the special panel was formed after Carlos Padilla said that he helped Pacquiao through favorable measures in the fight, such as slowing down the count when Hussein knocked Pacquiao down in Round 4.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also said they allegedly received a letter from Padilla’s daughter, Suzy.
In a letter posted on the WBC website, Padilla’s eldest son said their father is now 88 years old.
Since English is only his second language, it is possible to misinterpret his statements.
He said that his father was a decent and noble man who devoted his life to the field of boxing.
He is also asking for consideration for Carlos Padilla, who has made a great contribution to the boxing community.
Sulaiman is said to understand Padilla’s son’s writing. For now, they said they would follow the process first, and the WBC will not give a comment.
WBC creates special panel on statements of retired boxing referee Carlos Padilla
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said that he watched the video of his fight with Hussein again and thinks that Padilla did the right thing when Hussein knocked him down.
He believes that Carlos Padilla also did the right thing to get Hussein’s attention at that moment because he was not listening to the referee.
“Si Nadal Hussein, ayaw niyang makinig. Ayaw niyang makinig sa referee ‘dun siya nakapokus sa akin, nakatingin siya sa akin. So, karapatan ng referee talaga na kunin ang atensyon ng isang boksingero para makinig sa kanya,” explained Pacquiao.
Quinito Henson, who acted as a sports analyst in the match, did not remember any headbutt happening.
But it is said that Hussein’s face became bloody during a fight between the two. And even though the fight was reportedly stopped due to the incident caused by Hussein’s bleeding face, Pacquaio still won by a score.
“All three judges had Pacquiao winning at the point of stoppage. At that point even if it was stopped because of a cut due to a head butt panalo pa rin si Manny because he was ahead in the judges score cards either way Manny deserved to win that fight,” he said.