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Pacquiao-Rios: Genaro Rodriguez Tabbed as Referee

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez has been appointed as the referee for the “Clash in Cotai”  between “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in the “Clash in Cotai” Macau on November 24.

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced that the Chicago, Illinois based Rodriguez who had previously served as third man in the ring when Brian Viloria lost his WBO/WBA flyweight titles to Juan Francisco Estrada in the same venue last April 6 and also handled the WBO minimumweight title fight when Filipino Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo won by an 8th round TKO of Luis De La Rosa of Coombia last March 9 would handle the Pacquiao-Rios showdown while Asia Pacific vice president Leon Panoncillo will be the official fight supervisor.

Valcarcel picked Michael Pernick of Florida, Lisa Giampa of Las Vegas and Manfred Kuchler of Germany as the three judges.

Trainer Freddie Roach has said he was familiar with the referee and the three judges assigned to the fight and said “we have no problems with the referee and three judges. I am happy with all of them.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Augustane on 11-15-2013

[QUOTE=El Angel;13928964]He needs to do what Laurence Cole didn't do for Margo. Protect the fighter if his own corner doesn't. Rios is going to take massive punishment, win or lose.[/QUOTE] Cole was and is a terrible ref. It doesn't take…

Comment by cabalas on 11-14-2013

[QUOTE=El Angel;13928964]He needs to do what Laurence Cole didn't do for Margo. Protect the fighter if his own corner doesn't. Rios is going to take massive punishment, win or lose.[/QUOTE] In total agreement with this. If Pacquiao recovered 100% after…

Comment by El Angel on 11-14-2013

He needs to do what Laurence Cole didn't do for Margo. Protect the fighter if his own corner doesn't. Rios is going to take massive punishment, win or lose.

Comment by Heavy Heart on 11-14-2013

Don't worry, He's only there to count 1 to 10 when RIOS is on the floor!

Comment by Jack Napier on 11-14-2013

ref won't have much to do in this fight just a matter of stepping in once someone starts taking a beating since it's expected to be an action fight, he'll let it go long as he can if Pac has…

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