The WBC have issued a statement following claims by a legendary referee that he helped Manny Pacquiao win a fight in 2000.
Last month, Australian fighter Nedal Hussein blasted ‘putrid dog’ Carlos Padilla after the Filipino referee admitted to helping Pacquiao struggle to victory when both fighters were on the cusp of lucrative careers.
Padilla said he was approached by an unnamed figure before the fight who told him ‘this is an important fight for Manny’ and the official gave his countryman an 18-second count when he was floored by a jab in the fourth round.
The WBC have launched a review after a referee admitted to helping Manny Pacquiao win
He also admitted to preventing Hussein from receiving medical assistance for a cut obtained via a Pacquiao headbutt, intending for the wound to open which he later used as an excuse to wave off the contest in Pacquiao’s favour.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has since said the governing body will review Padilla’s statement and shared a letter from the 88-year-old’s daughter.
‘The World Boxing Council has established a special panel to review the situation about Legendary Referee Carlos Padilla with regards to some comments during an interview published by The WBC a few days ago,’ Sulaiman said.
‘We have received a sensitive letter from Mr. Padilla´s daughter Suzy which is found in this release as she has addressed it to the boxing Community of the world.
Carlos Padilla said in a recent interview that he was approached by an unnamed figure before Pacquiao’s 2000 fight vs Nedal Hussein, and was told it was ‘an important fight for Manny’
‘The letter is self-explanatory and I, as President of The WBC, as well as a human being who has known Mr. Padilla since I was 10 years old, I can certainly empathize with Suzy and the contents of her letter to the boxing Community.
‘I will personally follow the process in the meantime, The WBC will not make any further public comments.’
In the letter, Padilla’s daughter Suzy says her father’s ‘well intentioned words’ were ‘misinterpreted’.
‘My father is an 88 year old man who is just that – old and ageing!’ she wrote.
‘Despite the fact that he has been living in the United States for decades, English remains his 2nd language. Communications can be misconstrued and well intentioned words can be misinterpreted.
‘The present situation is one such glaring example of what might have actually been said, (no pun intended), and what may have been taken out of context.’
As a result, Padilla admitted to prolonging the count when Pacquiao fell to the canvas in R4
In an interview with Filipino media, Pacquiao stressed his innocence.
‘We didn’t cheat,’ Pacquiao told Filipino station TV patrol.
‘We were just favoured because it was our ‘home court’. As a boxer, I just did what I had to do. I’m just a boxer. I’m just doing my job inside the ring. That’s his problem, not mine.’
In the wake of Padilla’s statement, Hussein said that his officiating saw him miss out on an incredibly successful career in the ring. While Pacquiao went on to become an eight-weight world champion, Hussein returned to a 9-5 job in Australia.
He told Daily Mail Australia that he bears no ill-will towards Pacquiao for the way the fight transpired.
Hussein has since expressed his fury and the WBC have said they will conduct a review
‘My first reaction? I was gutted,’ he said. ‘I was just gutted. The arrogance of it. I was also really angry – I was burning.’
‘Winning that fight would have changed my life. I missed out on a couple of hundred grand and a world title fight. I would have been able to buy a house and been so much better off.
‘I would have been able to establish my family earlier. And with my career, I missed out on the big fights [afterwards] because of it. It set me back four years. After a while you become the B-side.’
Hussein admits he was never the same after being cheated out of a world title in the Philippines. The result left him bitter.
‘I hated the sport after that,’ said Hussein. ‘I just couldn’t handle the politics.’
‘I’ve spoken to Manny [Pacquiao] a couple of times over the years – but never about the knockdown or the fight. It’s not his fault – it’s got nothing to do with him.’