Veteran boxing referee Glenn Feldman had a controversial scorecard for the main event of “Welterweight Supremacy” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on July 20, 2019. Headliners Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of the Philippines and Keith “One Time” Thurman, 30, of the United States fought for the unified World Boxing Association Super Welterweight Championship title.
After 12 rounds, referee Kenny Bayless raised the hand of Pacquiao, who was declared the winner via split decision. Judges Dave Moretti and Tim Cheatam both scored it 115-112 in favor of the Filipino boxer while Feldman had it 114-113 in favor of the American boxer.
Feldman has been serving as a professional boxing judge since 1992. “Welterweight Supremacy” marked the fifth professional boxing bout of Pacquiao with Feldman as one of the judges.
Hailing from Avon, Connecticut, United States, Feldman started his sports career as a sports writer who covered boxing.He published a sports weekly paper called Hartford Sports Extra and became a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch.
Feldman is a member of the WBA, World Boxing Organization, International Boxing Federation and the International Boxing Organization. His career as a boxing judge started when a received a call from a head commissioner of boxing.
“I’ll never forget when I got the call from the president of the World Boxing Union, Jon Robinson, asking me if I could do the George Foreman-Crawford Grimsley fight in Tokyo and leave the following morning,” Feldman told California Business Journal. “I nearly fell down. I almost couldn’t speak.”
Having judged more than 1000 professional boxing bouts, Feldman is aware that judges can be questioned by boxing fans if they do not agree with the scorecards. He told the publication, “We watch fights from a totally different perspective than fans,” he says. “We’re not drinking, and we’re not watching from our couch.”
“For those three minutes, we’re watching every punch, every deke, with great focus and intensity,” Feldman continued. “I’m not saying we’re perfect. We’re not. But we’re well trained and have a goal to produce a fair, honest result.”
Meanwhile, watch the interview with Pacquiao and Thurman prior to their bout at the MGM Grand Arena: