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Bayless to referee Pac-Mayweather fight


REFEREE KENNY BAYLESS-MAYWEATHERLOS ANGELES, April 22 – Kenny Bayless has been named the referee for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight with just over one week to go before the mega showdown at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission also chose Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman as the three judges for the fight, which is expected to generate a record USD 400m (Sh 37.4bn) in revenue.

The 64-year-old Bayless is expected to earn about USD 25,000 (Sh2.3m) for the night’s work, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported Tuesday. Each judge will get USD 20,000 (Sh1.8m)

Bayless has worked 12 fights involving either Pacquiao or Mayweather, including the two largest pay-per-view fights in history — Mayweather’s 2013 fight with Canelo Alvarez and his 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya.

He refereed a total of seven Pacquiao bouts, including two with Juan Manuel Marquez and his 2014 fight against Timothy Bradley.

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said he welcomed the decision.

“I think that this fight is so big — all we want is a fair fight. I think we can get that,” Roach told The Telegraph newspaper.