Robert Byrd To Referee Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight

World Boxing Hall of Famer judge and referee Robert Byrd will be the third man in the ring when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO Welterweight title against Timothy Bradley on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

[RELATED: Pacquiao vs Bradley official fight card]

The Nevada State Athletic Commission named Byrd who is unfamiliar in high-profiled boxing matches in Las Vegas as he is often tasked to handle refereeing jobs overseas. His last major fight in the state of Nevada was in 2011 when Miguel Cotto defended his title against Ricardo Mayorga at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Robert Byrd Referee Pacquiao vs Bradley Fight

This will be the first time for Byrd to be involved in a fight featuring either Pacquiao or Bradley.

It will also be the first time in Pacquiao’s last ten fights in the state of Nevada that the referee is someone other than Kenny Bayless, Tony Weeks, or Vic Drakulich.

Robert Byrd is expected to watch the fight closely as Bradley tends to charge in with his punches and crouch very low at times, which has caused head butts, intentional or not.

[RELATED: Freddie Roach: "Timothy Bradley is a Dirty Fighter"]

Russell Mora who became controversial for blowing the Abner Mares vs Joseph Agbeko fight last year, will referee the Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Teon Kennedy undercard.

Watch Pacquiao vs Bradley LIVE on pay-per-view presented by HBO Boxing on June 9, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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