Nevada judge CJ Ross is no stranger to controversy, having scored last year's Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley fight 115-113 for Bradley, who thus won an incredibly contentious split decision. But last night's score of 114-114 for what appeared a completely clear Floyd Mayweather win over Canelo Alvarez may have been even worse.
Despite huge criticism of her scoring, Ross tells TMZ that she "stands behind" the scoring. This is a good thing. We now know clearly that CJ Ross should not be judging fights, because she isn't good enough at it to be in charge of fights that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and can greatly impact the careers of the participants.
So that's it, right? Nevada will deal with this and Ross won't be getting fight assignments anymore, right? Because she's shown not just incompetence (or whatever), but defiant incompetence (or whatever).
That's the story of CJ Ross' career, I suppose! Definitely Nevada will do something about this and not just give lip service like, "ah, yeah, we'll totally look into assignments differently," whatever that means.
Bobby Hunter of Fight Score Collector put together his usual polling and gathering of media scores. It was 86-0 for Floyd Mayweather, with only one score (from Doug Fischer of The RING) closer than 117-111 (Fischer had it 116-113). Nobody had a draw. Nobody had it close. Average score? 119-109.