By Keith Idec
Judge Duane Ford will be a guest Saturday night on the second installment of “The Fight Game With Jim Lampley.”
The half-hour show will debut on HBO at midnight EDT, after the live broadcast of a middleweight title fight that’ll match Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Ireland’s Andy Lee from the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Lampley, HBO’s blow-by-blow announcer, is expected to grill Ford regarding his scoring of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight a week ago in Las Vegas. Ford scored Bradley a 115-113 winner of a 12-round welterweight title fight an overwhelming majority of fight fans and media thought Pacquiao won in convincing fashion.
Judge C.J. Ross also scored Bradley a 115-113 winner of an HBO Pay-Per-View main event the unbeaten Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs, 1 NC) won by split decision. The third judge, Jerry Roth, scored the fight 115-113 for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), who lost for the first time in seven years and just the second time since September 1999.
The Lampley-Ford interview figures to be intriguing, perhaps even heated, because Ford has been adamant about Bradley winning the fight, while Lampley clearly considered Pacquiao an easy winner during HBO’s broadcast from MGM Grand. Ford told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after the split-decision drew outrage far and wide that Bradley gave Pacquiao “a boxing lesson,” despite that the 74-year-old judge’s scorecard indicated that the fight was close, seven rounds-to-five for Bradley.
“I thought a lot of the rounds were close,” Ford told the Review-Journal. “Pacquiao missed a lot of punches and I thought he was throwing wildly.”
Lampley’s second show also will include interviews with Todd duBoef, president of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., and Cameron Dunkin, who manages Bradley. Segments with HBO analysts Roy Jones Jr. and Max Kellerman will be part of the program, too.
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.