Veteran referee sure Pacquiao-Floyd will happen
MANILA, Philippines – Boxing referee Tony Weeks remains confident that the much-awaited mega-fight between pound-for-pound kings Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao of the Philippines and unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will happen in the near future.
Weeks told PhilBoxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that he still believes the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather will happen.
“I’m sure things will work itself out and the fight will happen,” Weeks said. “It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing and let the people come together and get it done.”
Weeks believes the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight, if it does happen, will be comparable to the mega-fights of previous generations.
“Of course, I want to see Pacquiao-Mayweather, which is the fight everybody wants to see. It’s like (Muhammad) Ali – (Joe) Frazier, (Sugar Ray) Leonard – (Thomas) Hearns,” he explained.
“You want to see those marquee match-ups where both fighters come in kind of even and you want to see who wins,” he added.
Weeks officiated Mayweather’s match against Miguel Cotto last May, which the American won via unanimous decision.
He also officiated Pacquiao’s trilogy bout against Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez last November 2011, which Pacquiao won via majority decision.
Weeks refused to predict the outcome of Pacquiao and Marquez’s fourth bout, which will be held on December 8 in Las Vegas, saying, “I’m still a referee and am still an official, so I can’t really comment on it in that matter.”
But he expects the fourth fight to be similar to the first three, which were all “great.”
“It’s a good match-up for Pacquiao and Marquez. It’s one of those fights where you are just going to get that even-type action, with both fighters going at it because they are world champions,” Weeks said.
Weeks was in Manila this weekend to officiate the WBO bantamweight title fight between Thailand’s Purluang Sor Singyu and Filipino boxer AJ “Bazooka” Banal.
Weeks stopped the fight in the ninth round after Sor Singyu floored Banal, and saw that the Filipino boxer could not continue.