NSAC assurance satisfies Arum

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Bob Arum AFP FILE PHOTO

Bob Arum AFP FILE PHOTO

Top Rank Promotion chief Bob Arum said that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) assured him of fair officiating in the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Arum told The Manila Times that he received a message from NSAC Executive Director Robert Bennett guaranteeing that no rigging or manipulation of fight results will occur when the mega bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather happens on May 2.

“But the NSAC people guaranteed me that it [unfair judging]won’t happen and they will treat everybody fair,” Arum said.

“I’m confident they will not tarnish their reputation because they already promised that they would hire the best officials to officiate the fight,” he added. “It’s going to be a blockbuster fight for sure that’s why it deserves the best.”


The Manila Times sports columnist and the Philippines’ foremost boxing analyst lawyer Ed Tolentino said that a questionable officiating of the mega bout would be detrimental not only to NSAC but to Pacquiao and Mayweather as well, “The impression that the Nevada State Athletic Commission might rig the fight for Floyd because he is from Las Vegas is not accurate. The problem is the tattered reputation of the commission itself.”

“It has a history of appointing incompetent judges and officials who end up screwing big fights. This goes a long way back. And the fear is that it might rear its ugly head again on May 2. It’s not only a problem for Pacquiao but it could also be a problem for Mayweather,” Tolentino added.

In an interview conducted by Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bennet, 60, a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent said that the mega bout is a test that he can’t afford to fail.

“I’ve spent the last three weeks putting the list together. We are going to select the best of the best. We are going to look for officials who are experienced and are experienced in working big fights particularly in Las Vegas. We know the entire world is going to be watching so there’s added stress involved,” Bennet said.

Two weeks from now, the NSAC will release the names of the officials of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

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  1. atozet i watched manny v tb live in their 1st fight & i thought tb won. Ive listened to commentators who were totally biased to manny & saying he was scoring with every punch he threw. I thought i was watching a different fight to what he was commenting on.
    Then ive re watched it with unbiased commentators & they said some rounds were just so difficult to score, that means any fighter could have won them.
    You filipinos always see what the filipino does but never recognise what the other fighter does.
    The guy who commented on no holding, i suggest you re watch manny v rios & see manny holding rios & as his 1 hand was held he was hitting him with his other hand & manny was looking to the referee to say hes hitting me, but it was legal as it was manny holding rios, but hey he is a filipino so its ok for him to do it right.
    Who ever held guys more than muhammad ali, did he ever once get dq for it, no never & today he is heralded as the greatest heavyweight of all time.

  2. The selected referee must be strict about excessive holding, grappling, pushing, elbowing, etc… These are all Mayweather tactics! They deducted excessive penalties for Amir Khan before for repeated pushing! Can they enforce this with the Nevada boy Floyd? I hope NSAC will not be influenced by MAFIA, otherwise this fight will be again rigged like Pacquiao-Bradley I. Nobody was penalized for that obvious MISJUDGING & RIGGING! Even it was reviewed & showed clearly that Pacquiao won, NO JUSTICE was awarded to Manny & NO JUDGES WERE PENALIZED! That’s Nevada JUSTICE!

  3. KENNY BAYLESS OR TONY WEEKS MUST BE PREVENTED FROM CHEATING FOR FLOYD

    they MUST ENFORCE QUEENSBURY RULE #2 – NO WRESTLING OR HUGGING ALLOWED, or its permutations grab, hold, snag or clinch. it is the rule that most apply to floyd the slick boxer CLINCHER – HUGGER.

    it is the ONLY WAY FLOYD WINS in this game of TAG where pacquiao chases him all night to stagger, swell and lump-up his face each time he connects as floyd runs, slips and slides to deliver his pitty pat (don’t really hurt nobody) counters to run up points and then grabs and hugs his opponent at the slightest sign of trouble EN DEN these dishonest referees (don’t forget “i’m fair but i’m firm” joe cortez also) doesn’t warn and much less deduct points from floyd’s repeated violations. IT’S A FARCE !!! Note these 3 guys won’t even instruct the combatants to “punch out!!!” whenever floyd is in the fight, they just want to reestablish SAFE distance between ploy and his opponent. check it out.

    REFEREE MUST DEDUCT POINTS FOR REPEATED VIOLATIONS

    it is not right that a fighter chases after a runner all night and when he finally catches up to deliver mayhem is frustrated by the other’s dirty trick of hugging and he will then have to RESET AFTER WASTED EFFORT. you gotta be dumb or a dirty referee if you don’t see that and do something about it.

    ENFORCE THE RULES

    1st/2nd Violation – Warning
    3rd/4th Violation – Point Deduction
    5th/6th Violation – Double Point Deduction
    7th/8th Violation – D I S Q U A L I F I C A T I O N

  4. Remember the first Pacquiao vs Bradley! Arum couldn’t do anything with judges worst decision. The decision was final even after reviewing the tapes and confirming that Pacquiao really won the fight. How then can NSAC assure Arum of a fair officiating? Arum needs all the Filipino prayer warriors to avoid rigging, unfair judging or screwing the big fight comes May 2.