There will be a change in the panel of judges working the welterweight rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley after John Keane of Great Britain withdrew due to an illness.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Keane told the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that he is suffering a severe viral infection and has been advised not to travel to Las Vegas.
“It is with much regret that I am unable to accept this assignment,” Keane wrote in an e-mail to the NSAC. “I am sorry for any problems this might cause. I felt very honored to be considered for such an important match and I am very disappointed that I am unable to officiate.”
The Review Journal also reported that the NSAC replaced Keane with Craig Metcalfe of Canada, who now joins Glenn Trowbridge and Michael Pernick in the panel.
The judges for the Pacquiao-Bradley rematch have been under a spotlight after the first match between the boxers last June 2012 ended on a controversial note.
Bradley shockingly won a split decision after judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross scored the bout in his favor, even with Pacquiao dominating the 12-rounder.
Both the Pacquiao and Bradley camps have said they are not worried about the judges for the rematch, however.