by Robert Brown – In this interview with retired Hall of Fame referee and judge Joe Cortez, a variety of topics are discussed including upcoming megabouts between Floyd Mayweather v Canelo Alvarez and Danny Garcia v Lucas Matthysse, the roles of referees and judges including ways of improving standards of officiating. Controversial fights are also discussed, such as Paquiao v Marquez 1, the circumstances surrounding three knockdowns and the controversy regarding the knockdown in the Mayweather v Ortiz fight. Just hit play on the audio player below to hear what Joe Cortez had to say.
“When a referee makes a great decision, they don’t talk about it. I let Marquez continue after getting knocked down 3 times in the first round to Manny Pacquiao”
“There would never of been fights 2, 3, 4 if I had stopped the first Marquez-Pacquiao fight”
“I was lucky that I saw something in Juan Manuel Marquez’s eyes, that said he was able to continue, even though he was knocked down 3 times”
“Any referee on this planet would of stopped the fight, but I saw something in his eyes and had the option to let it continue”
“I put Floyd Mayweather Jr in the same class as Sugar Ray Robinson, and that say’s a lot as I think Robinson is the greatest fighter of all-time”
It was an honour to be able to conduct this interview with a man of Joe Cortez’s stature in the sport of boxing. I hope you enjoyed this interview and I wish to thank Joe Cortez for his time and I wish him luck in his future endeavours.