MANILA, Philippines – Juan Manuel Marquez’s wish to have non-Nevada judges officiate his fourth clash against Manny Pacquiao won’t be granted, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Keith Kizer.
Kizer told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that any of the recognized world boxing organizations such as the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization can recommend officials for consideration.
However, Kizer said the final decision is up to the NSAC.
The NSAC official added that that promoters “may also suggest and object” but that “they cannot reject” any official appointed by the commission.
Marquez earlier said he doesn’t want the NSAC putting in three American judges to officiate his December fight against Pacquiao.
"I will request that the judges for this fight will be composed of one Mexican judge, one Filipino and one neutral judge [from outside of Nevada],” the Mexican boxer told Boxing Scene.
Marquez insisted he won his first three bouts against Pacquiao, claiming that the Nevada judges ruled the last to fights in favor of the Filipino champion.
“[If they don't honor my request], then I'm going to fight as I did in my three previous fights -- before judges appointed by Nevada. This time I hope that my victory is not taken away,” the Mexican said.