By David Dizon, abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing referee Kenny Bayless has apologized to 8-division boxing champ Manny Pacquiao for ruling that Pacquiao’s fall in the 10th round of his match with Shane Mosley was a knockdown.
Pacquiao said Bayless went to his corner after the match and admitted that he made a bad call when he ruled Pacquiao’s fall as a knockdown.
“After the 12 rounds, he went to my corner and said he made a mistake. He didn’t see it. I said it was OK. Part of the game,” Pacquiao told radio dzMM anchor Noli de Castro.
The 8-division champ was pummelling Mosley when he slipped and fell to the mat during the 10th round. Bayless immediately ruled the fall as a legitimate knockdown and gave Pacquiao a standing 8-count, infuriating the Pacman.
A replay later showed that Mosley had stepped on Pacquiao’s right foot before shoving Pacquiao to the canvass.
During the interview, Pacquiao said he knew he could easily beat Mosley after knocking him down in the 3rd round. He said he got frustrated with Mosley and told him to keep boxing and not turn the match into a running game.