Professional Sports

COUNTDOWN TO THE SHOWDOWN: Officials selected for Mayweather-Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao now know who will be the third man in the ring with them when they fight May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They also know the three men who will be judging them.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced April 21 that Kenny Bayless will referee the fight and the judges will be Dave Moretti of Las Vegas, Burt A. Clements of Reno and Glenn Feldman of Connecticut.

Bayless has refereed seven Pacquiao fights and five of Mayweather’s bouts.

Moretti has worked nine Mayweather fights and six Pacquiao fights.

Clements has worked three Mayweather fights and only one Pacquiao fight. In that fightm he made a scoring error that resulted in a draw between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in their first of four fights.

In the first round of that fight, Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times and should have earned a 10-6 score for the round. Clements scored it 10-7 and said later he didn’t realize he could score a round lower than 10-7. His scorecard resulted in a 113-113 tie and the fight was ruled a draw.

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, said the Clements was an honest official who made a mistake.

“Here’s how honorable the guy is: He admitted the mistake that night,” Arum said.

Feldman has worked only one fight between Mayweather or Pacquiao and that was a Mayweather fight in 1998.