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Mayweather-Alvarez judge takes leave of absence

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Mayweather and Alvarez at the weigh-in at MGM on Friday, Sept. 13. (FOX5) Mayweather and Alvarez at the weigh-in at MGM on Friday, Sept. 13. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Although he was paid a record $41.5 million for the fight, forgive Floyd Mayweather if he didn't look elated winning Saturday's mega-fight in Las Vegas over Canelo Alvarez.

The 114-114 score of ringside judge C.J. Ross turned the decision from a unanimous one, into a majority decision.

Mayweather could be seen mouthing, "What the (expletive) was that?" after that score was read.

Other opinions on the bizarre majority decision were cleaner, but just as blunt.

"The whole world was watching and obviously that scorecard, I think, was a disgrace," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. 

The backlash from Ross calling Mayweather's dominant effort a draw finally resulted in the 22-year veteran judge taking an indefinite leave of absence, which was made public late Tuesday night.

"We thought it was a good decision by her, a very honorable decision, and we respect it," said Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

The commission is also taking punches, many in boxing believe Ross should never have been part of Saturday's three-judge crew.

"Where you blame the commission is where C.J. had her unfortunate mistake after the Pacquiao fight," said Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. "It was just too soon, too close to the Pacquiao fight to put her on a major event like that again."

Last June in Las Vegas, Ross scored in favor of Timothy Bradley in another mega-fight in which Manny Pacquiao clearly was the better fighter. It resulted in an epic upset.

After these scoring debacles Kizer told FOX5 the commission will look into changes in training and judge selection.

"We do (judge) training. We have a pretty comprehensive, transparent selection process, but if there's ways to improve either one, that's what we're looking at right now, we want to do that," said Kizer.

Sept. 25 the commission will decide judges for the next big Las Vegas bout, Timothy Bradley versus Juan Manuel Marquez, set for Oct. 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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