Freddie Roach voices out concerns over Mayweather-Pacquiao referee

Milan Ordoñez on Apr 13, 2015 04:42 PM
Freddie Roach voices out concerns over megabout referee
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MANILA - Trainer Freddie Roach is a bit wary about whoever will be tasked to be the third man on the ring for the scheduled May 2nd mega bout.

As of this posting, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to assign the referee for fight night. According to a report by Gareth Davies of The Telegraph, veterans Kenny Bayless and Tony Weeks are on the top of the list, and the announcement will be made in the coming week.

The report also adds that the referee tasked to work on the fight is set to earn a grand total of $10,000.

Both Weeks and Bayless are no strangers to major headline fights involving Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Bayless was the referee for bouts such as Pacquiao vs. Hatton, Pacquiao vs. Cotto, Mayweather vs. Mosley and Mayweather vs. De La Hoya. Weeks, on the other hand, was tasked to work on fights such as Mayweather vs. Marquez, Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya, and Mayweather vs. Cotto, among others.

As of late, Freddie Roach has shown no concern over what could be the biggest fight of their careers. The would-be referee, however, seemed to bother him a bit.

“I know all of the referees, I know the good ones, I know the great ones. I think they all respect me and Manny enough to give us a fair fight. That’s all I’m asking for."

"Whoever refs the fight, all I’m asking is please, give us a fair fight, and let the best man win, and I think they’ll do that.”


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