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Laurence Cole Gets Nod as Pacquiao-Margarito Referee

By Michael Marley

Neither the Antonio Margarito or Manny Pacquiao camps have expressed any objection to the quick, quiet selection of "Texas' Favorite Son" Laurence Cole as the referee for their Nov. 13 WBC super welterweight title bout at Cowboys Stadium.

Cole, 47, was bypassed in favor of San Antonio's Rafael Ramos as the third man in the ring when Pacman slapped reluctant Joshua Clottey all over the ring inside Jerry Jones' billion dollar football playpen on March 13.

Ramos is well regarded as a referee and it didn't hurt his cause that Pacman-Clottey was a WBO title bout in that he is from Puerto Rico, where the WBO is based.

Cole, whose father used to run the Texas boxing board with an iron hand if not a velvet glove, is considered “competent but erratic” by one veteran boxing man in the state.

Old King Cole does not have the same power over boxing in the state as in prior years although he's still heavily involved.

Some in Pacland will howl about Cole, who is a favorite of Don Jose Sulaiman and the Mexico-based WBC, being tabbed as they recall how the referee erred in calling a Pacquiao slip a knockdown in San Antonio in November, 2003.

The younger Cole has reffed fights in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and elsewhere.

Some bouts he's handled included Oscar de la Hoya, Erik Morales and the late Edwin Valero.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dyu on 11-12-2010

[QUOTE=puga;9513374]yeah he's so good he ruled pac being off balance a KD vs barrera....good thing pac stopped him!.....i hope something happens to him so he wont ref on nov 13...something minor like, getting ran over a bus or something![/QUOTE] lol…

Comment by IMDAZED on 11-12-2010

[QUOTE=Heebarican;9560685]:lol1: I was waiting for your response. I don't mean that in a negative way, I just knew you'd have something to say about this.[/QUOTE] It's absurd, quite frankly. As the fight nears, it's all sort of coming together. But…

Comment by Heeb on 11-11-2010

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;9560669]As if this fight wasn't slimy enough.[/QUOTE] :lol1: I was waiting for your response. I don't mean that in a negative way, I just knew you'd have something to say about this.

Comment by War Dinamita on 11-11-2010

Arthur Mercante Jr. would be a better choice!!!!

Comment by IMDAZED on 11-11-2010

As if this fight wasn't slimy enough.

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