Mayweather vs Pacquiao judges: Meet the three kings
In just a matter of days, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally get it on inside the Grand Garden Arena of the MGM Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And while some are anticipating a potential KO victory either way, most seem to be convinced the action that ensues on May 2 will inevitably go the distance.
In the event that the fight does go twelve, full championship rounds, here’s a brief look at the three kings at ringside which will ultimately decide the outcome of the clamored super fight.
Mayweather vs Pacquiao Judges
Judge Burt A. Clements
The 64 year old veteran judge has been scoring professional fights since 1989 in the state of Nevada. His first fight of note was back in May of 1991, when he scored the highly anticipated rematch between Greg Haugen and Hector Camacho, which was held for Haugen’s WBO 140 pound title. Although Camacho won a close and competitive split decision, Clements saw the action in favor of the reigning title holder 115-112...or seven rounds to five, which was ultimately overruled by judges Doug Tucker and Dave Moretti.
Most recently, Burt was involved with two somewhat controversial rulings in May and December of 2014.
On May 3 of last year, the Nevada State veteran official scored an eventual Majority Decision in favor of Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a controversial margin of 117-111, or nine rounds to three.
Although most fight fans and ringside observers saw the action much closer than the experienced ringside judge, Burt seemingly favored the clean, effective, and consequential work of Floyd Jr. over the higher workrate and ferocious aggression of Marcos Maidana in the great majority of the close, competitive rounds.
On December 13, 2014, Clements was perceived to be the “voice of reason” in the eyes of most ringside observers and boxing pundits when scoring the grudge match between Tim Bradley and Diego Chaves at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas. The experienced official scored the bout 115-113 in favor of the “Desert Storm”, while Julie Lederman saw the twelve round fight going eight rounds to four the other way, or 116-112 in favor of Chaves. The fight was ultimately scored a split draw with Craig Metcalf’s final card of 144-114, or six rounds apiece.
Judge Dave Moretti
The respected 70 year old official from Las Vegas, Nevada, has been scoring and refereeing professional fights since 1977, and has been affiliated with over 90 major world title bouts.
Because of his long, impressive history of judging and officiating prizefights, his most recent work will be the focus of this review.
On September 13, 2014, the Nevada resident scored the return bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana identically to New York State official John McKaie’s finally tally of 116-111, or eight rounds to four, in favor of Floyd Jr. His card was just one round off from veteran Judge Guido Cavalleri’s score of 115-113, or seven rounds to five.
More recently and much more disputed, Judge Moretti scored the highly controversial interim WBA Super Lightweight title fight between incumbent champ Mauricio Herrera and challenger Jose Benevidez on December 13, 2014, from the Cosmopolitan in Vegas, heavily in favor of the harder punching, Top Rank fighter from Phoenix, Arizona, with a final tally of 117-111, or nine rounds to three.
The disputed verdict was supported by the two other veteran judges at ringside, Max DeLuca of California and Eric Cheek of Nevada, with identical scores of 116-112, or eight rounds to four, in favor of Benevidez.
In July of 2014, Judge Moretti also helped determine the controversial “Split Decision” verdict between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Erislandy Lara by submitting a final tally of 115-113, or seven rounds to five, in favor of the eventual victor from Mexico. The 70 year old judge’s cards were widely viewed as sensible and plausible by most ringside experts compared to the controversial and disputed scores of Judge Levi Martinez of New Mexico, which read 117-111, or nine rounds to three, in favor of Canelo Alvarez.
Judge Glen Feldman
The gent from Connecticut is a former sports writer who became a ringside official in 1988. Feldman is also a founding member of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame and a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch.
One of his most notable verdicts was registered during the Tim Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez WBO title fight on October 12, 2013, in which Feldman was the lone scorer who saw the twelve round championship fight in Marquez’s favor. The veteran judge scored the bout 115-113 for JMM, which was ultimately overruled by veteran officials Patricia Morse Jarman and Robert Hoyle who administered tallies of 116-112 and 115-113 respectively in favor of the eventual winner, Tim Bradley.
Another interesting scorecard turned in by Judge Feldman took place on October 20, 2012, when Paulie Malignaggi fought Pablo Cesar Cano at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The Connecticut official gave a final and puzzling scorecard of 118-109, or ten rounds to two, heavily in favor of the losing fighter from Mexico. He was ultimately overruled by judges Tom Miller and Nelson Vazquez, who both scored the contest 114-113 in favor of the winner, Paulie Malignaggi.
In his two most recent assignments in consecutive weeks, Judge Feldman scored Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, 115-113, or seven rounds to five in favor of the eventual winner from Argentina, and controversially scored the Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin contest a draw, 113-113, or six rounds apiece.
He was scrutinized during NBC’s presentation of the PBC event on April 11th for not rewarding Quillin a two point round in the third for a knock-down scored by the Brooklyn native.
He instead scored the round 10-9, which ultimately forced a debated “Split Draw” verdict.
Although the judges assigned to score "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" don't possess any noticeable or potentially alarming trends through their overall
body of work, the three kings at ringside will undoubtedly be under heavy scrutiny before and especially after May 2.
It's understandable why each ringside official will be making a staggering $20,000 for this special and stressful assignment on May 2, because it could very be their last. Just ask former Nevada State Judge Ms. CJ Ross.
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