Renowned Filipino referee Carlos Padilla’s daughter has come to the defense of her father as she seeks understanding from the ‘boxing community of the world’.
In a letter published by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Suzy Padilla Tuano said her father is an 88-year-old man and despite the fact that he’s been living in the United States for decades, English remains his second language.
“Communications can be misconstrued and well intentioned words can be misinterpreted. The present situation is one such glaring example of what might actually have been said, (no pun intended), and what may have been taken out of context,” read Tuano’s letter.
Tuano maintained her father is an honorable man ‘who dedicated his life to boxing and boxers and cared for them and their well being, regardless of their nationality or circumstance’.
‘He refereed numerous historic fights with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Hagler, Leonard, Hearns, and many more fighters for the entirety of his career. He has since retired and has been out of the spotlight for as long as I can remember. Oh, but he loves to talk and entertain because like any other human, he still yearns to feel relevant,” she wrote.
“I invite everyone to ask about Carlos Padilla among his peers: promoters, fighters, referees, or anyone from his era and hopefully, you will learn about my father’s true character,” she added.
Tuano also is hoping that people respect her father’s contribution to the boxing community by giving him ‘some well-deserved consideration’.
“He does not need controversies at this very late stage in his life,” the letter said.
Meanwhile, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has formed a special panel that will review the comments made by Padilla in an interview during his induction at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.
Padilla courted controversy when he revealed that he prolonged a count to help Manny Pacquiao win against Australian Nedal Hussein during the 2000 fight.
He also admitted to rule Pacquiao’s headbutt against Huseein a punch which eventually led to the Filipino champion winning the fight via TKO in Round 10.