VEGAS – Not everyone goes home from an evening in Vegas $8,000 in
profit but Cynthia J. Ross did just that on Saturday night. And even
though Ross, a ringside judge, pocketed approximately 5,000 times less
than Floyd Mayweather, it is hard to argue that she deserved a cent of
While every pay-per-view customer around the world, every fan at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, both Mayweather and his opponent, Canelo Alvarez, and even the guy with the wonky eyesight squinting from the nosebleed section saw that this was one of the biggest blowouts in recent boxing history, a lady with one of the best seats in the house missed it.
scored the contest, if you can call it that, as a 114-114 draw, handing
six rounds to each fighter. To all other witnesses, it seemed like the
Mexican youngster barely landed six convincing punches, let alone did
enough meaningful work to deserve a judge's nod.
In Ross' defense … (crickets).
judging does nothing for the credibility of boxing and her reported
paycheck of $8,000 should at least demand a certain level of competence.
Mayweather's response when the decision was announced – "What the
[expletive] is that?" said it all. Of course, boxers are routinely able
to delude themselves over the actual veracity of the decision-making but
there should have been no confusion here.
was so one-sided," boxing legend Bernard Hopkins said. "I don't care
who it is, when it is not right, it is not right. I don't know where it
Just as Mayweather knew that he had convincingly won just about every round, so too was Alvarez
well aware of how badly he had been beaten. The 23-year-old's corner
even told him at the midway point that he needed to win every round from
that stage onwards, evidence that they believed he had been shut out
Even the cards of Dave Moretti (116-112 to Mayweather) and Craig Metcalfe
(117-111) left something to be desired. Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole scored
it 120-108, while all three Showtime television experts gave Alvarez no
more than two rounds.
The official statistics showed that
Mayweather landed a total of 232 punches, compared to 117 for Alvarez.
He was especially dominant with the jab, connecting with 139 to 44.
"He was simply too good," Alvarez conceded after the fight.
sentiment was obvious to everyone except Ross, who incredibly gave
Alvarez rounds 1, 3, 8, 9, 11 and 12 was also one of the judges that
gave Timothy Bradley a laughable decision over Manny Pacquiao last June.
Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer was furious that boxing's biggest
fight of the year was tainted by such ludicrous judging. Ross was
appointed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which selects all judges for fights within its jurisdiction.
whole world was watching and obviously that scorecard was a disgrace,"
Schaefer said. "How that judge could be appointed after the decision of
Bradley and Pacquiao is not a question I can answer. How can that
happen? Is it going to happen again?"
For his part, Mayweather took the high road (sort of) when asked about the judging controversy.
best commission in the world is the Nevada commission, so I’ll leave it
in their hands," Mayweather said. "[Ross], I think, could be older. I
believe it’s a woman, she could be kind of older."