A resident of Dallas, Cole is also the son of Texas boxing commission chief Dickie Cole and is regarded as one of boxing’s top arbiter, having officiated countless high-profile matches featuring Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, and Edwin Valero.
But for Filipino fight fans, Cole is very unpopular, having ruled that Pacquiao was legitimately floored by Barrera when they fought at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, in November 2003.
Cole, who is in the insurance business, began his refereeing job in 1990.
The names of the three judges will also be announced soon.
The Pacquiao-Clottey fight will be for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown. (Tempo Sports)