Floyd Mayweather rips Manny Pacquiao, says he fought like an ‘amateur’
Floyd Mayweather Jr. typically does not have nice things to say about Manny Pacquiao, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the undefeated champion was less than thrilled with what he saw from Pacquiao in his win over Timothy Bradley Jr. earlier this month. On Monday, Mayweather said the thought both Pacquiao and Bradley fought like “amateurs.”
“I thought that Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was pulling a lot of shots like an amateur,” Mayweather said, via ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. “I think he was making a lot of mistakes and he was very fatigued early on. I think that he was making a lot of mistakes, falling off balance and fighting like an amateur. I think both fighters fought like amateurs.
“I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn’t pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn’t pleased with his performance and I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao.”
Floyd said he typically does not watch Pacquiao’s fights and claimed the Bradley fight was the first time he watched Manny in several years. Pacquiao may have deserved criticism after his decision loss to Bradley and the knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, but he beat Bradley pretty convincingly in the rematch.
Still, Mayweather was not impressed. At one point, he even flirted with revisiting his old accusations that Pacquiao once used performance-enhancing drugs.
“I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots. Once again, I’m not saying this guy is doing anything, but I don’t see the same snap in his shots,” Mayweather said. “He’s getting tired when he wasn’t getting tired before. I’m seeing something totally different whereas me, I’m still sharp, I’m still smart, I’m not getting fatigued. I wasn’t getting fatigued from the beginning, and those are the things that I see. I don’t know if you guys see it, but that’s what I see.”
Mayweather isn’t exactly what you would call a non-biased opinion. He’s always hating on Pacquiao.