With a history of judging controversies in the previous three meetings between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, everyone is expecting the judges to do their job well for Saturday night's fourth meeting on HBO pay-per-view.
Bouts between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez seem to always end in some sort of controversy. In the first fight it was a judge incorrectly scoring the first round, leading to a split draw rather than a one point split decision win for Pacquiao. The second and third fights saw Marquez seem to earn the decision win, or possibly a draw. Instead, both fights were scored for Pacquiao.
With Manny also coming off a massively controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in a fight that basically no one thought Bradley won.
So there will be plenty of focus on Adalaide Byrd, John Keane and Steve Weisfeld tonight when Pacuqiao and Marquez meet on HBO pay-per-view as their scores may determine the man who is ultimately remembered as the winner of this classic rivalry.
Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial ringside scorer, and Marquez both said (via Boxing Scene) that they believe these are the right judges for the job:
"I am happy with the selection of the judges and I really don’t think about them," Marquez said. "I am thinking about the fight, not the judges. I expect them to do a clean job and to clarify what his happening in the ring. I have no concern for the judges."
"Steve Weisfeld is one of the best, upcoming, young judges in the world," Lederman said. "He’s totally deserving of this big fight. He’ll do a fabulous job — he always does. It’s about time they got a great judge for one of these fights. … And they’re bringing John Keane from England. He’ll do a great job, too. I don’t think you can do better than that."
None of the judges involved scored Pacquiao's bout with Bradley.
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