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Thursday a day of action in Nevada over Pacquiao/Bradley

By Zach Arnold | June 11, 2012

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So, Keith Kizer has decided to go all-in as far as backing the judges for the Manny Pacquiao/Tim Bradley fight. Here’s an ESPN article laying out the tomfoolery at work.

ESPN has been running quotes from both Kizer and judge Duane Ford on their channel all day long. Their opinion shows have also been weighing in, albeit with uneducated discussion about the Nevada State Athletic Commission and who is doing what. Nevertheless, Keith Kizer had an easy political chance to play politics and announce that an ‘investigation’ would happen soon. He could have announced this at the upcoming NSAC public hearing on Thursday. He’s declined to do so.

There is a Thursday hearing (PDF of agenda here) starting at 8:30 AM in Las Vegas. The location:

Grant Sawyer State Office Building
555 East Washington Avenue, Suite 1412, First Floor
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

There will be a public comment session at the hearing early on. If you want to show up and give a statement on the record about the matter, you can do so. You may think it’s a waste of time but what’s a bigger waste of time is having these hearings and no one bothering to show up or pay attention as to what the bureaucrats are up to. That’s what the politicians are counting on — you throwing your hands up and not caring.

If you are a Nevada resident who went to the Pacquiao/Bradley fight or paid for it on PPV, you have every right to show up and voice your displeasure in a reasonable manner. Put the commission on notice. You have that right. There’s nothing wrong in doing so. Simply relying on the media to carry the water of the commission won’t cut it. The politicians want the controversy to go away. It’s not. Apply some public pressure.

Even if you are an out-of-stater and show up at the hearing, they have to listen to your public comment. Showing up in person at the hearing and putting a voice & face to the matter is a lot more effective than a flood of e-mails.

However, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t contact the commission if you can’t be in person at the Thursday hearing. The NSAC’s phone number is 702-486-2575 and their FAX number is 702-486-2577. Their e-mail address is [email protected]. You have every right to contact these officials and lay out your case for what went down on Saturday night in terms of wanting reform. However, you have to understand that when you submit a comment to a state regulatory body like Nevada, it’s for public record. So, don’t make stupid or threatening remarks. Be concise and to the point but passionate & accurate. The more political pressure that is applied, the better.

In addition to contacting the Nevada State Athletic Commission…

The regulatory body that technically oversees the NSAC is the Nevada Department of Business and Industry. The department director is Terry Johnson, who essentially acts as a liaison to Governor Brian Sandoval. If you’re going to contact the NSAC about your displeasure in regards to what went down on Saturday night, you should contact Business and Industry as well.

They are located at:

555 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 4900
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Their phone number is (702) 486-2750 and their FAX number is 702-486-2758. Their e-mail address is [email protected]. If you are a Nevada resident, you can also use this contact form to send a comment to the department.


Why did I bother to write this out? Because there are plenty of boxing fans online who have been asking what they can do and who they can contact to voice their displeasure about what went down on Saturday night.

Will your public comment to the NSAC or Business and Industry radically change their behavior? No, but that’s not the point here. The point is that these regulatory bodies exist and they are supposed to serve you (in theory), even if they don’t always do so in practice. When key political decisions are made, politicians love nothing more than an apathetic populace that isn’t active and won’t put up a fight.

So, you have a chance to take a public stand here. The Thursday NSAC hearing is worth showing up in person and issuing a public comment. Make it happen.

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8 Responses to “Thursday a day of action in Nevada over Pacquiao/Bradley”

  1. kid nate says:

    valuable info Zach. Thanks for posting.

  2. liger05 says:

    I think it was a bad decision but I have seen worse. I scored it 116 – 112 to Pacquiao and Manny lost the fight in the last 3 rounds where he lost all 3 through in action.

    A lot of the rounds pacquiao was only really working for 1 min even though in the other 2 mins Bradley wasnt doing nothing.

    HBO were over the top and for Harold Ledermen to score it 11 rounds to 1 was just absurd!!!

    • edub says:

      “Manny lost the fight in the last 3 rounds where he lost all 3 through in action.”

      He lost all three for people who claim Bradley did more than him. He cut down his work rate, but still did more in those rounds than Bradley did. The stats prove it.

      Bradley throwing out punches that don’t land, and only catching Manny with jabs does not win him rounds. Or let me clarify, should not win him rounds.

      I had it 10-2, and that was being generous to Bradley in the first. Anywhere from 9-3 to 11-1 was the right score to have per watching the action unfold, and taking the stats into account.

  3. Black Dog says:

    It’s unfortunate, but the scoring of that fight was just one example of how boxing is turning into a worked affair, and clumsily so.

    I remember seeing John Ruiz getting jobbed against Evander Holyfield some years ago, and it wasn’t the first time judge’s scorecards proved they must have been watching a different fight.

    My feeling is that this fight was either 1) rigged in order to force a rematch and give Bob Arum another payday; 2) judged by incompetents. Perhaps it’s both.

    I would really like to see an investigation of all this, but unfortunately no one really cares enough to clean things up.

    Oh, and here’a gem:

    Mayweather can’t fight anymore, because of the conditions of his incarceration? Cry me a river.

    If Mayweather’s work ethic is all that, he can get out, and get back to the gym and work it like he claims he does.

    If not…reap what you sow, jackass.

  4. RST says:

    Whats wrong with a rematch?!

    Sometimes you get an absurd decision.

    Who caress if Aran gets more money out of it?!

    Unless you can prove something.

    Thats his schtick to run until the wheels fall off!

    It looked to me like Pacquiao was brought down a notch for making “money maker” look bad!

    But as long as pak “still has faith in boxing” then let himm try it again!

    They might LET him win the second time.

    • Tomer says:

      The rematch would be pointless (besides a few more dollars) and Pacquiao can fight anyone else with the momentum from the actual contest (despite the judge’s decision). Basically, the only way Pacquiao can improve upon the first fight is if he stops Bradley, which really isn’t a good basis for doing a rematch (particularly one on PPV).

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