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CJ Ross scoring the first fight between Bradley and Pacquiao
In the sport of boxing, it is funny how three people can determine the outcome of a fight. Unless a fighter wins by a knockout, anything could happen. And that’s what occurred the last time these men fought.
Regarded as of one of the most controversial decisions in boxing history, Manny Pacquiao came out on the wrong side of a split-decision defeat. The decision ultimately left the world flabbergasted. People at the time were outraged, crying foul on the judges.
Even the sole judge, Jerry Roth, who scored the bout in favor of Pacquiao had it closer than the millions watching. Many spectators felt that Pacquiao had won at least nine of the 12 rounds.
Duane Ford and C.J. Ross received tremendous backlash in the immediate aftermath and with good reason. Pacquiao was clearly the better man, according to CompuBox: He threw 493 punches and landed 190 of them, while Bradley threw 390 and landed 108.
Ross scored Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez 114-114, despite virtually everyone believing that Mayweather had won in a landslide.
The judges have been the most crucial part to the equation in this upcoming matchup. In turn, the emphasis has been placed on finding the most competent judges and ones that both camps could agree on. Already, though, one of the scheduled judges is no longer available. John Keane had to withdraw due to sickness.
Now, Canada's Craig Metcalfe, Nevada's Glen Trowbridge and Florida's Michael Pernick will be the men who determine the winner on April 12.
Metcalfe has scored many big fights, including the September Mayweather vs. Alvarez fight, which he scored 117-111. Trowbridge scored the undercard Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse fight 115-111 in favor of Garcia. This will mark the sixth time he is scoring a Pacquiao fight.
This will mark the second time in a row of Pernick judging a Pacquiao fight. Last November he was ringside when he scored the Rios fight in favor of Pacquiao, 120-108.
Assuming that the fight isn't determined by a knockout, it seems like both fighters will be in good hands.