LOS ANGELES – The judges and referee who will work on the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather title fight is the least of Freddie Roach's concerns despite the Filipino world champion figuring in two controversial decisions at the MGM Grand in the past.
“I’m okay with that,” said Roach about the list of officials for the 12-round welterweight title bout on May 3 (Manila time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
As per the standard procedure, both camps are asked to submit a short list of their preferred boxing officials who are going to referee and judge the biggest fight in boxing history.
Roach admitted having already seen the persons recommended by the Mayweather camp and appeared to be satisfied with them.
So far, Kenny Bayless and Tony Weeks have loomed as the likely third man in the ring for the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’, with Robert Byrd serving as a darkhorse.
Bayless had worked on seven Pacquiao bouts in the past, and four for Mayweather, while Weeks refereed three times in fights involving the two ring superstars.
The Nevada Athletic Commission has yet to officially name the referees and judges working the Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown, although an announcement is expected to be made within the week.
Pacquiao was a victim of judges’ decision in the past in the very same venue considered as the home of the 38-year-old Mayweather.
The eight-time world division champion was stunned by Timothy Bradley in 2012 after losing a surprising split decision in their welterweight title match after winning on the scorecards of judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao was forced to a controversial draw by Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in the first of their four memorable meetings after judge Burt Clemens scored the opening round 10-7 (instead of 10-6) in favor of the Filipino who sent the crafty Mexican down thrice in the canvas in a sizzling start.