Last Saturday’s controversial split-decision win by Tim Bradley to dethrone Manny Pacquiao as WBO welterweight beltholder will be the focus of Saturday night’s Fight Game with Jim Lampley on HBO, a program that will begin at approximately 12:30 a.m. ET/PT.
Fight Game will follow Saturday night’s clash between WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 knockouts) and southpaw challenger Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Judge Duane Ford, who, along with C.J. Ross, scored the fight for Bradley, 115-113, will be the lead guest on Fight Game, Lampley told RingTV.com. The third judge, Jerry Roth, scored the bout for Pacquiao, 115-113.
HBO’s unofficial ringside scorer, Harold Lederman, who had it 119-109 for Pacquiao (or 11-rounds-to-one), called Ford a “solid” official, labeled Ross “mediocre” and “shaky,” and considered Roth to be suspect but “usually very solid” during his on-the-air pre- and post-fight assessments of the officials.
“You will hear Harold Lederman’s evaluation of his reputation before the fight and post-fight,” said Lampley. “You will hear exactly what Harold said during our pre-fight commentary before the fight.”
A veteran of 154 title fights, Roth scored Pacquiao’s second of three fights with four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez in favor of Marquez, 115-112. Pacquiao won that fight by a disputed split-decision and subsequently won a disputed majority decision over Marquez in November after having previously battled through a draw with Marquez.
A veteran of 149 fights, Ford teaches courses to judges in Nevada and scored Pacquiao-Marquez II in favor of Pacquiao, 115-112. Ford also scored for Bradley, 97-93, during his 10th-round technical decision victory over Devon Alexander. Going back decades, Ford has been known as a reliable, competent judge.
Ford scored the controversial draw between Marvin Hagler and Vito Antuorfermo for Hagler. Most fans believed Hagler deserved to win the 1980 middleweight title bout.
Ford and Roth also disagreed on Jermain Taylor’s split-decision victory that dethroned Bernard Hopkins as IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO beltholder in July of 2005, ending Hopkins’ reign as undisputed middleweight champion.
Ford had it for Taylor, 115-113, and Roth, for Hopkins, 116-112.
Ross has worked 20 title fights.
“I would say one thing: Duane Ford is a standup guy,” said Lampley. “He will be the lead interview. The first person to be interviewed of several.”
“This is going to be very important for boxing. This is a threshold moment. It’s about how does the sport treat this pedestal and this moment when more people are paying attention than ever before?” Lampley said of the discussion involving Bradley-Pacquiao, which generated a live gate of $8,963,180 from 13,229 tickets sold at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Because of Twitter and other social media, because of the extreme decision, because of a lot of different reasons, this is a bigger moment for boxing’s credibility than Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya, or Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield. The sports has exploded with this news, and, oddly, reversely, boxing has a chance at this moment to do something.”
Bradley-Pacquiao has sparked international controversey.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarce has announced that his organization will review the results of Bradley-Pacquiao. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Bradley, has requested that Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto investigate the results of the bout.
Arum’s assertion has been backed up by United States Senator Harry Reid, D-Nevada, for whom Pacquiao attended a rally in support for Reid’s successful re-election two weeks prior to defeating Antonio Margarito for the WBC’s junior middleweight belt in November of 2010,
Bradley (29-0, 12 knockouts) ended a 15-bout winning streak that had included eight knockouts for Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), this, despite having suffered pulled ligaments in his left foot and strained ligaments in his right.
Bradley told RingTV.com that he damaged the left foot during the second round and hurt the right somewhere during the middle rounds. Bradley attended the post-fight press conference in a wheelchair and with no shoes on his feet, and said that he is expected to have a cast placed on his left foot on Monday.
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