Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has asked for two non-Nevada judges to work the April 12 rematch between Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and unbeaten American champion Timothy Bradley Jr., Boxing Scene reported.
Arum made the request to Francisco Aguilar, the director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“There are no guarantees,” Arum told Boxing Scene. “All we’ve done is asked the Nevada Commission for at least two of the judges to be outside of Nevada, and one to be local.”
“We are confident in the new director, Francisco Aguilar. Aguilar is a tremendous person, so we’ll see,” he added.
Bradley memorably defeated Pacquiao when they first fought in June 2012 in Las Vegas, with two Nevada judges scoring the bout in favor of the American.
Only one judge, Jerry Roth, saw the bout in Pacquiao’s favor even though most ringside observers and boxing analysts believe the Filipino won the bout handily.
Pacquiao is now trying to gain his revenge in the April 12 rematch, which will also be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.