Timothy Bradley says the officials won't concern him on June 9, and he expects fair judging in Las Vegas against Manny Pacquiao. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Timothy Bradley says he's not concerned about the judging for his June 9 fight with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, and that the controversy surrounding the scoring in Pacquiao's November fight with Juan Manuel Marquez is not a worry for him.
"Absolutely not. I think the fighter that’s going to get in the ring and fight the best fight is going to get the decision. I don’t look to the judges; I don’t look to anybody for help. I’m not in the business for that. The fighter who won the fight should definitely win the fight" said Bradley.
Bradley (28-0, 12 KO) also feels he's going to be the bigger, more physical man in the fight, and says right now he's about 165 pounds.
Should the judging worry Bradley? I guess to some degree judging should worry every fight. Maybe you can't go in worried about it, so you try to just forget it, but I think it would be dishonest to say that these guys don't worry about getting shafted, especially if they're the B-side against a cash cow, and despite how good Bradley is and the fact that many believe he has a good shot to win this fight, he's about as "B" as a B-side gets in this matchup. Manny will be bringing in basically all of the money. Bradley has no fanbase and is not a draw. This is a lot closer to Pacquiao-Clottey in that regard than any of Manny's other fights since he started his really big run with the De La Hoya fight in 2008.
I really am very interested to see the judges and referee who get the call here. If there's justice, Joe Cortez won't get his feet in the ring, and either Kenny Bayless or Tony Weeks will get the call, as they've proven to be Nevada's two best referees. As for the judges, my opinions of NV judges isn't as deep as my opinion on NV referees, but I'll say I hope Glenn Trowbridge (116-112 Pacquiao over Marquez in November) isn't there. He's refereed Manny's last two fights and three of his last four in Nevada.
I've got money on Joe Cortez and Adalaide Byrd, though. Cortez hasn't reffed a Pacquiao fight since March 2005, when Manny last lost, to Erik Morales. So there's a shocking and intriguing storyline that writes itself.