Pacquiao and Hussein responded to cheating allegation by retired boxing referee Carlos Padilla
CARLOS PADILLA – Here’s what former senator Manny Pacquiao and Australian fighter Nedal Hussein said about the retired boxing referee’s cheating allegation.
Pacquiao was a rising star when he went 10 rounds against Hussein for the WBC International Super-bantamweight title last October 14, 2000 at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.
However, Padilla said that he made a way to prevent Pacquiao from losing in his fight with Hussein. According to him, Pacquiao’s fight against Hussein was an important one because the winner will have the opportunity to fight in the world championship.
According to a report on GMA News, the former senator said that he watched the video of his fight with Hussein again, and he thinks that the referee did the right thing when his opponent knocked him down.
Pacquiao also believed that Padilla did the right thing to get Hussein’s attention at that moment because he wasn’t listening to the referee. He added that the video of the fight can be watched on the internet.
In a report on ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao said that he didn’t cheat when he beat Hussein in their 2000 fight.
“Hindi man daya. Pinaburan lang tayo, pabor lang siguro syempre home court. As a boxer ginawa ko lang naman yung tama,” the former senator said during training in General Santos City. “Ako naman boxer lang ako. Ginagawa ko lang yung trabaho ko sa taas ng ring. That’s his (Padilla) problem, not mine.“
Hussein, for his part, said that he has no grudge against Pacquaio, but he’s said to be angry with what Padilla did in their fight at that time. He insisted that he should have won the fight if the referee didn’t delay the count when he knocked his opponent down.
The Australian fighter also mentioned that the source of his facial wound was a head butt, but he said he accepted that Pacquiao won the fight based on the judges’ scorecard.
Based on a report, Hussein’s lawyer wrote to the World Boxing Council (WBC) to request that the fight against Pacquiao be declared a “no contest”. Hussein said that all awards given to Padilla should be revoked, including the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
“He (Padilla) should be held accountable. He should not be in any hall of fame because he’s not a credible referee. He’s a cheat,” Hussein said in an interview with GMA Integrated News.