By Jake Donovan
A press release sent by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) on Monday morning confirmed an earlier report by Ryan Maquinana of Boxingscene.com that Tony Weeks gets the nod as third man for the third showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
The bout headlines this weekend’s highly anticipated sold-out event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show airs live on pay-per-view (Saturday, 9PM ET/6PM PT).
Weeks has been in some of the biggest fights in recent boxing history, and has also appeared in several bouts featuring either Pacquiao or Marquez. However, it’s his first tour in their three fight series, as is also the case for all three ringside judges. In fact, all three bouts will have featured four different sets of officials by the time Saturday's show is officially in the books.
The three officials assigned the daunting task of scoring the contest will be Dave Moretti, Glenn Trowbridge and Robert Hoyle. All three are veteran judges, but so too were all of the officials in the previous two encounters between Pacquiao and Marquez, both fights involving final scores that remain the subject of heated debate to this day.
Saturday marks the fourth time in Pacquiao’s last five Vegas-based bouts that Moretti serves as one of the three judges. He has also served as an official for several of Marquez’ fights, though mostly earlier in the Mexican’s career.
The fight of note involving Moretti was Marquez’ lopsided points loss to Floyd Mayweather two years ago. Also on hand that evening was Weeks, who served as the referee for that bout, as well as Marquez’ knockout win over Joel Casamayor a year prior and his landslide win over Orlando Salido in September ’04.
In the evening’s chief support, 140 lb. champion Tim Bradley defends his alphabet belt against Casamayor in a bout that also serves as his debut under the Top Rank banner.
The three judges for that contest will be Adailade Byrd and Burt Clements of Nevada and Levi Martinez of New Mexico.
If the name Burt Clements sounds familiar in regards to Pacquiao-Marquez talk, it’s because he became part of the storyline in his scoring their first bout even at 113-113. The card came with a hiccup, as his final tally included a 10-7 score in the first round, despite the fact that Pacquiao was credited with three knockdowns in completely dominating the round.
Clements claimed at the time to be unfamiliar with the unified rules, as it was previously common practice to never score a round lower than 10-7, regardless of the number of knockdowns to occur. He has since proven himself to be a quality official.
Scoring in Bradley-Casamayor might not be as much of a difficult task as keeping the action clean. Referee Vic Drakulich has been handed that assignment, which can prove to be a nightmare considering their styles and the number of headbutts (Bradley) and fouls (Casamayor) that have surfaced in several of their respective bouts.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to JakeNDaBox@gmail.com.