The Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday named the referee and three judges for this month’s eagerly awaited rematch between welterweights Manny Pacquiao (55 -5-2, 38 KO’s) and Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12KO’s) which takes place on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Kenny Bayless will officiate his third Pacquiao contest and his first Bradley fight, while the three judges for the bout will be Glenn Trowbridge of Nevada, Michael Pernick of Florida and John Keane of England.
"I'm always thankful that the commission selected me for the fight, and I think that this fight will be more exciting than the first one. [Referee] Robert Byrd did their first fight, and he was basically there to administrate," Bayless told reporters.
"Robert didn't have a lot to administrate because both fighters were very respectful of each other and I expect the same thing this time. The first fight was very clean on behalf of both fighters, and I'm expecting a clean fight out of both fighters this time."
In their first fight, Bradley was awarded a controversial split-decision victory by scores of 115-113 on the cards of judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford, with Jerry Roth scoring the fight for Pacquiao by the same margin.
When asked about the officials, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said, "They're fine. We gave gave both camps a list of the judges, and the fighters knocked off some of the judges. These judges and the referee were among those acceptable to both sides from the approved list."
With Pacquiao coming off a shut-out points victory over Brandon Rios, and Bradley coming off a very impressive win over the man who knocked Pacquiao out after their first match-up in Juan Manuel Marquez, this promises to be a certain contender for the fight of the year.
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