That's precisely why a crusading media needs to take the responsibility out of Ross' hands, and take it into its own -- by pushing to make writers the official scoring authorities for all world title fights.
Eighty-six media members polled after the Mayweather-Alvarez fight had Mayweather winning, with a composite average of 11 rounds to one, or 119-109. Twenty had it a full-on shutout -- including heavyweights like Lance Pugmire (LA Times), Chris Mannix (Sports Illustrated) and Dan Rafael (ESPN) -- and none on the list had it any closer than Doug Fischer (Ring magazine), at 116-113.
Accuracy like that is hard to ignore, and it shouldn't be forgotten.
More often than not when it comes to title fights, the men and women covering the events as journalists have seen more boxing -- on its highest levels and elsewhere -- than any other people in the building. They know more about it. They care more about it. And they have more of a vested interest in seeing it survive and thrive than any moonlighting insurance salesman, paralegal or bus driver.
All but a very small handful of writers polled after the Pacquiao-Bradley debacle had the Filipino earning a wide win, a consensus verdict most of the public, most of the promoters and most of the fighters in the aftermath agreed with. The same was true Saturday night in Vegas, where the only person who seemed to see anything other than a decisive victory for Mayweather was Ross.
So the only thing to do is take the bat -- or in this case, the pen -- out of her hands.
I'll let the smarter people in the room figure out the mechanism necessary to suit logistics, but I'd imagine it could involve simply checking a box on an application for a media credential that would indicate whether or not the applicant would be interested in being selected as a judge.
On fight night, make it a blind draw of three or five or seven who clicked yes -- the more the better, to override any bad apples -- and presto, they become the official scorers for the night with a seat far more comfortable and far less cramped than the sardines jammed into press row.
The track record of the two fights I mentioned, as well as the press score samplings frequently included on HBO and Showtime broadcasts, is awfully good when it comes to the writers getting it right, particularly when the judges get it wrong. And putting them in the decision position full time couldn't help but ensure the need for a few less "this judge needs to be de-licensed" columns.
If nothing else, that'll open up a lot more time for cat videos.
This week's title-fight schedule:
No fights scheduled.
Last week's picks: 3-1
2013 picks record: 53-31 (63.1 percent)
Overall picks record: 516-183 (73.8 percent)
NOTE: Fights previewed are only those involving a sanctioning body's full- fledged title-holder -- no interim, diamond, silver, etc. Fights for WBA "world championships" are only included if no "super champion" exists in the weight class.
Lyle Fitzsimmons is a veteran sports columnist who's written professionally since 1988 and covered boxing since 1995. His work is published in print and posted online for clients in North America and Europe. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter: @fitzbitz.