Referee Carlos Padillo Jr. admits cheating to help Manny Pacquiao win a 2000 WBC International super-bantamweight title in the Philippines, reports World Boxing News.
Padillo made the stunning admission during a videotaped interview.
“I am a Filipino and everybody is Filipino watching the fight, so I prolong the count. I know how to do it,” Padillo said in the interview, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The fight occurred in Antipolo, east of Manila. In the fourth round, then reigning champion Nedal Hussein knocked down Pacquiao. Padillo says he gave Pacquiao a slow ten count to allow him time to get back up.
Then in the 10th round, he says he ruled Pacquaio’s headbutt on Hussein a legal hit. When blood began rushing out of Hussein’s eye, doctors stopped the fight giving Pacquaio a technical knockdown victory.
Boxing 247 reports Hussein is now exploring his legal options.
“He [Padillo] has openly admitted to cheating here – the man in charge of the fight,” said Hussein in Boxing 247. “I mean, if somebody confessed to a crime 20 years later, the police would chase it up. The corruption in this sport is so bad. They [the World Boxing Council] are the most corrupt commission in the world. There is no respect for them in the boxing world.”
In another interview, he elaborated on his feelings.
“I want them to declare it a no-contest. I don’t want them to declare me the winner, I’d like a no-contest,” he said to Newscorp Australia.
Pacquaiao has not commented on the admission by Padillo.
Ironically, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame recently inducted Padillo into its Hall of Fame.
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