Pacquiao-Bradley judges named, Bayless to ref
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has already selected the ring side judges who will score the rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley.
To avoid the controversy that transpired in the first bout, the commission brought in judges from Florida and Great Britain.
According to ESPN.com, the NSAC tapped Michael Pernick of Florida, John Keane from Great Britain and Glenn Trowbridge of Nevada to score the fight.
The first Pacquiao-Bradley fight ended in a controversial verdict after judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford awarded the victory to Bradley despite Pacquiao’s dominant performance. Both of them came from Nevada.
Ross and Ford both scored it 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao.
Veteran referee Kenny Bayless, meanwhile, was appointed as the third man in the ring. Bayless, who is known for his fairness in officiating, has already refereed at least six Pacquiao fights.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum quickly praised the NSAC for to bringing in two judges from outside of Nevada.
The Top Rank Inc. executive also told ESPN.com that the commission has been transparent in selecting the judges by giving both camps a hand in the selection process.
"I really commend the commission for taking the steps that they did and with all the transparency in this. It's the fighters who are most affected by this decision and now neither fighter can say anything whatever happens," Arum said.
"Neither camp can complain about the officials selected because these are judges approved by both camps and same with the referee," he added.
Arum said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the controversy that happened in the first bout where Bradley was awarded a split decision by the judges despite the superior performance of Pacquiao.
Judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford both scored it 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao.