Judges should find new jobs, says Floyd Sr.
MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Sr., father of unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., suggested that the judges in the controversial Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight clash find new jobs.
Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in controversial fashion last Saturday in Las Vegas when the judges awarded Bradley the victory via split decision.
Jerry Roth was the only judge who scored the bout for Pacquiao, 115-113. CJ Ross and Duane Ford had the same score in Bradley’s favor.
In a Boxing Scene interview, Floyd Sr. suggested that the judges start looking for new jobs. [http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&opt=printable&id=53830#ixzz1xSItGUqF]
“I don’t know if these judges were the same judges for that last fight (Pacquiao’s bout against Juan Manuel Marquez), but whoever these judges were they need to find a new job,” he said.
Floyd Sr. said in various interviews after the fight that he believed Pacquiao defeated Bradley.
“I feel like Pacquiao won the fight, but I am not going to sugarcoat nothing. The last fight belonged to Marquez,” said Floyd Sr.
Pacquiao won defeated Marquez via a controversial majority decision victory when they fought for the third time last November.
“This one belonged to Pacquiao. I’m calling it like it is,” Floyd Sr. added.
One of the judges -- Ford -- has defended his scorecard, saying that he thought Bradley gave Pacquiao “a boxing lesson.”
“I thought a lot of the rounds were close. Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and thought he was throwing wildly,” Ford told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“This wasn’t an ‘American Idol’ contest. If I judge for the people, I shouldn’t be a judge,” Ford added.
The result of the bout has been criticized by boxing writers, boxing fans, celebrities and athletes worldwide.
Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum said the decision was “ridiculous” and called the three judges the “three blind mice” during the post-fight press conference.
Pacquiao, however, said he respected the decision of the judges and on Monday, appeared on ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda” to ask his fans to do the same.
“Tanggapin na lang natin ng buong puso. Hindi naman mababago ang desisyon,” he said.
Arum said he will ask the Attorney-General of Nevada to investigate the result, but admitted it was unlikely that the decision will be overturned.