Cortez warning for Mayweather v Pacquiao ref; Ariza eyes payback

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Referees who have worked fights of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have the inside track in landing the lucrative job on May 2, according to Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez.

Cortez said in an ESPN podcast that Tony Weeks, Kenny Bayless and Robert Byrd are the main men although Jay Nady, Russel Mora and Vic Drakulich are also in the running to get the $10,000 paycheck.

But Cortez warns officials who will be assigned to be at their best because the whole world will be watching their every move and they won’t get the luxury of being forgiven if they commit a mistake.

“No room for error,” said Cortez, who has also refereed fights of Pacquiao and Mayweather in an illustrious career.

“Any referee or judge who is on the wrong side of this fight will be criticized. It could be the end of the official’s career. Honestly, that could be it.”

Ariza aims for Pacquiao payback

Alex Ariza, who used to serve as Manny Pacquiao’s conditioning coach for five years, believes his new boss Floyd Mayweather will be too much for the Filipino to handle on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Ariza switched allegiance after Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach dumped him in 2013 for meddling and hooked up with Brandon Rios, who would lose to Pacquiao in 2013 in Macau.

But now that he is with Mayweather, regarded as boxing’s No. 1 fighter pound-for-pound, Ariza is certain that he will score some sort of a payback next month.

Pacquiao scored devastating wins over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto when Ariza was still with him.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks