Referee Admits He Helped Boxer Manny Pacquiao Win 2000 Boxing Match Against Nedal Hussein

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One of the most well-accomplished boxers in the history of the sport, Manny Pacquiao, allegedly had some unexpected help in his match against Nedal Hussein in 2000. Carlos Padilla, the man who reportedly was the referee of the match, said that he gave Pacquiao an assist by fixing the 10-count to give him an extra second in the fourth round.

As a result, Pacquiao scored a TKO victory over Hussein in the 10th round for the WBC International super-bantamweight championship. Padilla explained how he allegedly assisted Pacquiao when speaking with World Boxing Council (WBC).

“They told me, ‘Carlos, please … this is an important fight for Manny Pacquiao because the winner will have the chance to fight for the world championship.’ So, you know the opponent, Hussein, or whatever his name was … So in the seventh round, I think, Manny got knocked down, I thought he was going to get up, but his eyes were cross-eyed. I am Filipino, and everybody watching the fight is Filipino, so I prolonged the count. I know how to do it.”

When asked for his reaction to Padilla’s statement, Hussein expressed disbelief at how nonchalant and carefree Padilla appeared to have been.

“Honestly, after watching the referee video, it really hit a nerve. I was upset for a full 24 hours. It’s not the fact that he said what he said. It’s more because we already knew it. But the way he said it with a smirk and a smile like he was proud of what he had done, like the depth of corruption, it’s obviously in his veins and his heart. So he had obviously done it before because it was nothing to him.”

Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer, media celebrity, and politician who became world-famous for winning boxing titles in more weight classes than any other boxer in history. Pacquiao was on a 15-bout winning streak prior to suffering a loss in June 2012. The loss came against Timothy Bradley via split decision, for the WBO welterweight championship. Pacquiao later regained the WBO welterweight belt in April 2014 by beating Bradley in a unanimous decision.

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