Bob Lee says he will take a calculator next time.
Lee, the official scorer at the Sugar Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fight, forgot how to add Friday night.
The error, on the tally of judge Angelo Poletti, added up to an initially erroneous announcement that Poletti had called the fight a draw, and that Duran had won by a majority decision.
About an hour after the announcement was made, Lee, executive secretary of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission, told a press conference that Poletti's score should have been 148-147 favoring Duran, making it a unanimous decision.
"To add up 9s and 10s, you and I both know, is not very difficult," Lee said. "I put down the wrong number. I felt a little embarrassed about it. I got up in front of the press conference and told them that.
"If it becomes necessary for me to stand on Mount Everest and say it, I will. I don't want (Jose) Sulaiman (president of the World Boxing Council) to take the blame. The mistake was 150 percent mine."
Lee said he made the mistake in copying the round-by-round cards given to him by the judges onto a separate sheet kept for each of the judges and then transposed it onto the master scorecard.
Poletti's card for the 10th round showed Duran and Leonard even, 10 10. "I just put down a 9 (for Duran) instead of 10," Lee said.
"I think I need my eyes examined," he said, laughing.
Lee said he realized his error, when double-checking the judges' cards against the master score sheet, but it was too late. "I realized it before the announcement was made, but I couldn't get to Sulaiman," he said.
[Reached by Washington Post correspondent Norman Chad in Italy, Poletti said, "At the end of the match, when the score was announced, I went directly to the official and told him that that wasn't my score. I had it 148-147 for Duran. The official who copied the results from my scorecard made a transcribing error."]
Lee said, "I couldn't understand what he was saying. But I assumed he was saying the thing I was thinking: I made a mistake."
Asked about the 10th round as the critical one in the tabulation, Poletti said, "Critical round? They were all the same."
Poletti scored the fighters even in 10 rounds.) "What I judged is what I judged," he said. "That is it. I do not pass judgment now on the scores I gave at the time. At the end of the match, I never comment on my decisions.
["I judged each round individually. I do not judge a match any other way.]
If at the end, there are so many rounds even, that is the way i judged it."
Asked if corrections made on the cards could have represented manipulation by the judges after the first scoring to make the decision unanimous, Lee said, "They could not have manipulated the cards. They were handed to me, and then stayed with me and the Canadian representative (of the WBC). They (the judges) never see them again. Any insulation, or implication that they did something improper is not right.
"They were my numbers all the way," he added. "My bad numbers, that I'm being eaten up about."
Leonard's attorney, Michael Trainer of Silver Spring, said he assumed that Lee had made a "Mathematical error. He should feel fortunate that he didn't mess it up in such a way to reverse the decision."
Trainer said the only decision that has been made about Leonard's future is that the former champion will take a vacation to an undisclosed location. "No decision has been made one way or the other," Trainer said. "We've always taken it one step at a time and this is no different just because he lost. Life goes on. We'll sit down and talk in July."
Trainer said that final figures on the amount of money Leonard will receive will not be available until the end of the week. "But it's going to be phenomenal," he said. "No question about it."