LAS VEGAS -- Dave Moretti is one of the planet's most accomplished boxing judges.
The Niagara Falls native will be ringside for Saturday night's blockbuster between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao here in the MGM Grand Garden.
It will be the latest of Moretti's 100-plus world title bouts, including Wilfred Benitez-Roberto Duran, Michael Spinks-Larry Holmes I, Ray Leonard-Marvin Hagler, Evander Holyfield-Buster Douglas, Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. and Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez.
Eleven years ago, I profiled Moretti for The Buffalo News. He discussed two infamous, controversial decisions and shared his keys to effectively score a match.
So you'll know what Moretti is looking for and in case you want to score the bout yourself, here are his tips:
- Concentrate for three minutes. Don't lose your focus for one moment.
- Judge without prejudice. Forget about the records, odds or promoters.
- Don't let the crowd influence your observations. When watching on TV, turn off the sound.
- Keep the scoring of each round separate from the others. Don't let previous rounds impact your scoring of future rounds.
- Harder blows outweigh the more-numerous, less-powerful punches.
- Head shots and body shots are considered equal.
- Recognize aggressiveness. Credit a fighter if he's pushing the action, especially when he's effective.