Freddie Roach appeared on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" to talk about the controversial decision that left Manny Pacquiao fans shaking their heads with disappointment. The HBO pay-per-view event seems to have attracted more attention for the questionable officiating than for the actual championship fight. Freddie shared his opinion saying that he thinks judges should retire after age 65 and claims that two of the judges officiating the Pacquiao-Bradley fight are over 70 years of age.
Freddie Roach on the controversial decision
Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach remains deeply disappointed in the judge's decision to award Timothy Bradley the win. The loss snapped a 15 fight win streak for the WBO welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao.
Craig Carton, show host asked Freddie Roach about how he saw the fight. "When you left the building, did you think that Pacquiao had won the fight?"
Freddie Roach: "Definitely. To hear the first judge say, that he had won by only two points--and then to hear the other two judges go the other way--was just absurd. He clearly won the fight...I think he [Bradley] won one round because I think Pacquiao gave him a break in the 11th [round]...It was one of the worst decisions I've ever seen and I think it's really bad for the sport...There was definitely some favoritism in this one."
Craig: "Do you think that the judges were incompetent in their decisions or that was there some hanky-panky going on?"
Freddie: "More incompetent at this stage of their careers. Two of the judges are over 70 years old. Age 65 is when people retire...there should be a cut-off. Maybe they're just not seeing the fights like they used to."
Post-fight video of Freddie Roach discussing the decision video
Never leave it in the hands of the judges
In MMA, it seems like the judges want to see the champion severely beaten in order to award the belt to the contender. Maybe boxing judges have a different point of view.
Is age a factor as Freddie mentioned? Reflexes and reaction time slow as fighters age. A judge's ability to integrate and digest fast action might also be impacted by age. I'm not knocking older people being judges. However, it might work better for the credibility of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to mix up their judging roster to allow more experienced judges to work with judges who are earlier in their careers.
What do you think?
Freddie Roach and GSP
Speaking of MMA, Freddie Roach is UFC champion, Georges St. Pierre's (GSP) boxing trainer. Now that GSP's ACL injury has healed well enough, Freddie said that he and Georges intend to start training together next week. Freddie said GSP wants to start with boxing and allow more healing time before he starts training his ground game again.
Source: Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" 06/14/12
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