by David P. Greisman
Floyd Mayweather had barely learned who the referee would be for his Sept. 14 pay-per-view fight with Canelo Alvarez when he was asked his opinion of the assigned third man in the ring.
"Kenny Bayless is a great referee,” Mayweather said on a Sept. 4 media conference call held just hours after the Nevada State Athletic Commission picked officials for the upcoming show. “He’s fair. I think he’s going to let us fight. A lot of times you got refs who’s always breaking the action up. KB is one guy, he’s not for the bullshit. He likes to treat every fighter fair.”
Bayless has been the referee for three of Mayweather’s previous fights, according to BoxRec.com. That website shows Bayless as being the ref for his win over Shane Mosley in 2010, his win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, and in his pro debut victory in 1996 over Roberto Apodaca. He has not worked any of Alvarez’s fights.
The other candidates to be the third man in the ring for that bout were Robert Byrd, Jay Nady and Tony Weeks.
The judges, meanwhile, will be Dave Moretti and C.J. Ross of Nevada and Craig Metcalfe of Canada.
The other candidates to score that bout were Adalaide Byrd, Burt Clements, Richard Houck, Robert Hoyle, Patricia Morse-Jarman and Glenn Trowbridge of Nevada; Anek Hongtongkam of Thailand; and Jurgen Langos of Germany.
When asked whether he was comfortable with the judges who were selected, Mayweather said he was “comfortable with whatever.”
“My job is just to go out there and compete. It doesn’t matter who’s the judges. I just want to be treated fair. I feel like both fighters should be treated fair. And I feel like they chose the right judges. I feel like they chose the right referee. And now it’s time for me and Canelo to go out there and give you guys excitement.”
Moretti has been a judge for six Mayweather fights, including his 117-111 scorecard for Mayweather against Miguel Cotto in 2012, his 119-109 scorecard for Mayweather against Mosley, his 119-108 scorecard for Mayweather against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009, and his 116-112 scorecard for Mayweather against Zab Judah in 2006, according to BoxRec.com. He also was a judge for Mayweather’s stoppage wins against Ricky Hatton in 2007 and Arturo Gatti in 2005. He has not worked any of Alvarez’s fights.
Ross is listed as being a judge for Mayweather’s sixth pro fight, a knockout of Bobby Giepert in 1996. She also had a 118-110 scorecard for Alvarez against Mosley in 2012. She’s been criticized by some boxing fans and observers for being one of the two judges to award Timothy Bradley a 115-113 victory over Manny Pacquiao last year.
Metcalfe is not listed as having worked a bout featuring either fighter. The most high-profile bout he judged was Andre Ward’s win over Carl Froch in December 2011. Metcalfe was one of two judges to have Ward winning 115-113, while the third saw it 118-110. The two other high-profile bouts on his résumé are Sergio Martinez’s fight with Kelly Pavlik and rematch with Paul Williams.
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