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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Judges will wield tremendous power

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Negotiations are well underway for Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, a megafight between boxing's biggest stars.

According to sources, should this fight be announced soon, it will likely happen at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Mayweather will get the bigger chunk of a 60/40 purse split.

For the last several years fans and the media have discussed and debated possible venues, locations and purse splits for this mega fight but there's one detail far greater than them all.

... And it may be the reason Floyd seems a bit apprehensive to face Manny.

The judges.


Who will be selected to sit ringside at MGM Grand in Las Vegas to score the fight and why?

The decision will easily be one of the most important, most deliberated topics in the entire multi-year Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight saga.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are merely not experts in the ring, they are boxing legends who represent the sport's most accomplished active fighters.

On this level, we see more decisions than knockouts. Hence, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, in their last 18 fights combined, have produced just two knockouts and neither has a stoppage since September 2011.

The forthcoming selection process for the three judges may be far more consequential than date, venue and location, as many underestimate or overlook this very significant detail in the days and weeks leading up to the fight.

Even if a fight is extremely close and the decision is realistically disputable, the difference between winning and losing, especially in a fight with the significance of Mayweather vs Pacquiao, is massive.

Even if 50 percent of viewers disagree with the verdict, the loser still owns the "L" and forfeits a bit of stock value.

It's for this reason, the selection of judges is crucial.

Judging is subjective and individuals place different levels of emphasis on judging criteria.

Although 'clean and effective punching' is supposed to be the most important element in the judging process, not everyone seems to adhere to that principle. Moreover, when 'clean and effective punching' is relatively equal or too close to call during a bout, there's additional criteria, such as consequential punching, defense, activity rate and ring generalship, a judge must take into account when scoring a fight.

If two of the three judges selected to score this fight in Las Vegas tend to place more emphasis on activity rate than defense, the fighter who throws punches in bunches will have a clear advantage going in.

Conversely, if at least two judges tend to place greater emphasis on punching accuracy and defense than overall volume, the defensive-minded sharpshooter will have a proverbial head start when the bell rings.

It will be interesting to see who is selected, and don't be surprised if one or both camps balk following the announcement. Let's face it, they've argued about far less important details.


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