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NSAC diligently selecting officials for May-Pac

Bob Bennett and the Nevada State Athletic Commission say they fully understand the gravity of this fight, and will only be selecting the best of the best for this bout.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Bob Bennett is the executive director of NSAC and is tasked with forming a list of potential referee's and judges for Mayweather-Pacquiao. Knowing how big an event this is, with the whole world watching, he acknowledges that they can't afford to get it wrong with questionable judging or refereeing that may sway the outcome of the fight.

"I've spent the last three weeks putting the lists together," he said Monday. "We're going to select the best of the best. We're going to look for officials who are experienced and are experienced in working big fights, particularly in Las Vegas.

"We know the entire world is going to be watching so there's added stress involved."

After Bennett complies his final list, he will provide his recommendations to the commission panel on April 21st and they will vote on who ultimately gets selected to work the fight. Bennett will also consult with members of both Pacquiao and Mayweather's camps, to get their input before he submits his final list to the commission. What they don't want, especially on a world stage, is for poor refereeing or judging to affect the outcome of the fight (as witnessed with Pacquiao's "loss" to Tim Bradley in their first meeting, or the head-scratching draw that CJ Ross gave Canelo in the Mayweather bout).

There were some rumors that Mayweather's team didn't want Kenny Bayless as a referee in this fight, but that was a claim their team has vehemently denied stating that they have no issue with Bayless whatsoever. NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar echoed the sentiments that they need to get this one right.

"It's extremely important we get this right," Aguilar said. "I know Bob is already working on it and I know he will provide us with the best possible names. But there's no room for error on this."

Clearly we know that getting fair judging is crucially important to this fight, but do you think any of the notable referees could really make a difference in this fight, considering the styles at play?

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