Referee, judges named for Pacquiao-Margarito bout
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has named Laurence Cole the referee for Saturday's Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito bout at Cowboys Stadium.
Cole is the son of veteran Texas boxing commissioner Dickie Cole.
The elder Cole told The Times earlier this year that Texas' decision to reinstate Margarito to boxing after his plaster-hand wraps scandal in California was prudent, arguing even if the loaded wraps weren't confiscated from the Tijuana fighter before his 2009 bout at Staples Center it wouldn't have made that big of a difference.
Laurence Cole worked a 2003 fight involving Pacquiao, and he was involved in the controversial Andre Dirrell-Arthur Abraham bout in Detroit this year.
Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, has said Texas will allow him to place a representative inside Margarito's locker room Saturday from the time of his arrival, through the hand-wrapping procedure until he walks out to the ring.
Texas also announced the judges will be Germany's Juergen Langos, who worked the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-John Duddy fight in San Antonio earlier this year, and Texas judges Glen Crocker and Oren Schellenberger.
-- Tecate is offering a $25 rebate for Saturday's $54.95 pay-per-view with the purchase of a 12-pack of beer.
-- HBO will broadcast its fourth and final segment of the "24/7" reality series Friday night at 9:30 EST, 6:30 PST if you have HBO East on DirecTV. Last week's episode was the highest-rated since the 2007 series featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya.
-- The Times will have full coverage later Friday of the Pacquiao-Margarito weigh-in at Cowboys Stadium, here at the Fabulous Forum and on Twitter.com/latimespugmire.
-- Lance Pugmire
Photo: Manny Pacquiao, left, and Antonio Margarito pose with boxing promoter Bob Arum Wednesday in Arlington, Texas. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press.