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Floyd Mayweather rips Manny Pacquiao, says he fought like an ‘amateur’

Floyd-Mayweather-Thunder-BetFloyd 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.



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  • Dean Naed

    Floyd, then it’s time to make the fight happen with Pacquiao. Pacquiao is no longer the fighter you’re so afraid of. You can do it buddy, believe in yourself!

  • smedrano0206

    Of course Pacman is not like he used to be…it’s called getting older, genius!

  • Ryan Phillips

    Pacquiao dominated Bradley twice (the first decision was one of the worst in boxing history) and was close to knocking out Marquez, when he got caught with a perfect shot. Seriously, watch the replay of that fight, he was owning Marquez who had been down and was wobbled right before he landed that perfect right hand. It’s not like Pacquiao has ever been completely destroyed by anyone.

    Yes, he’s a different fighter now, he’s older and has lost some power, as all fighters do as they get older. But honestly, he fights a lot more like Mayweather now, relying on speed and accuracy to beat opponents.

  • Louie Kulla

    Reasons why i would never fight Manny Pacquiao – F.Mayweather.

    The things Floyd Mayweather says are frequently at odds with the things he does, so predicting his moves based on his comments can be a foolish task. But a recent interview with “Fight Hype” makes it abundantly clear he won’t fight Manny Pacquiao next year or any other year, not even if pressured by boxing godfather Al Haymon, his manager/advisor.
    It’s obvious that Pacquiao is very much on Floyd’s mind. He, not the interviewer, raises the issue: “We all know the Pacquiao fight, at this particular time, will never happen. And the reason the fight won’t happen is because I will never do business with Bob Arum again in life.”
    He goes on to say, still not asked about the subject, “I will give you two reasons the Pacquiao fight is not going to happen.” First he repeats his pledge never to do business with Arum, and then he adds, “And I want to see Manny Pacquiao’s real pay-per-view numbers.” Get the numbers, he says, “from his last fight and compare them with my pay-per-view numbers with Canelo Alvarez.”
    This declaration is ridiculous, misleading, and downright false. It also insults the intelligence of fans. You don’t tell a fighter to quit his promoter and then maybe you’ll fight him. That’s like saying, “I may fight you if you lick the soles of my shoes. On camera. Naked.” What he’s really saying is “I won’t fight you.”
    Why all this outrage with Arum? Mayweather doesn’t claim Arum stole any money from him because if he did he’d be sued and lose plenty. I don’t like everything Arum does, but I know of no instance when he’s been sued by anyone claiming Arum shorted-changed him on the money. Doesn’t happen. He honors his contracts. So what’s the problem? We’re supposed to believe that because you don’t like just one guy in a fighter’s considerably large entourage that you refuse to fight him and pick up $95 million or more?
    Sugar Ray Leonard never said anything like that. Nor did Tommy Hearns or Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez. You could go on and on naming great champions. We’re barely aware of who promoted their fights. That’s because they weren’t looking for excuses to duck anybody.
    Now about those pay-per-view numbers. Apparently in the two fights Mayweather named, Floyd came in around 2.2 million buys and Pacquiao a bit less than 500,000. Quite a difference. Part of the reason is that Pacquiao’s fight was in China, making U.S. marketing a nightmare.
    But let’s pretend the comparison is completely apt. Let’s go farther. Let’s also pretend Floyd’s numbers are three times better. Then ask yourself what were the pay-per-view numbers of Canelo Alvarez or Robert Guerrero before Mayweather fought them. Answer: There weren’t any. The fighters weren’t at the pay-per-view level. So Floyd’s excuse is just that – an excuse, not a reason. In fact, there’s nothing reasonable in those remarks. Does Mayweather honestly believe he can make more money fighting Marcos Maidana than Pacquiao? Of course not. So why dies he bring up the PPV numbers at all? Could it be because he needs a smokescreen?
    It’s not Haymon who’s preventing the welterweight fight that the whole world wants to see. Or Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer or Oscar De La Hoya, or Manny Pacquiao, Arum, HBO’s Ken Hershman, Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza or anyone else other than Floyd Mayweather himself.
    Mayweather’s position is reminiscent of heavyweight “champions” back in Jack Johnson’s time who wouldn’t let a black man fight for their title. That wasn’t really about race. It was about their fear of Johnson.
    Floyd’s latest utterances are proof that it’s never been about PEDs or the money split or the timing. The truth is that the man who calls himself “Money” and the best of all time isn’t so interested in making the most money when he doesn’t like the risks, and he sees Pacquiao’s combination of speed, power, and ability too great a risk to his health and undefeated record.
    Good luck with your legacy, Mayweather. But I promise you it won’t be what you hoped for. Thanks to you, the name Pacquiao will forever be entwined with yours. And not in a way that’s flattering to you

  • Guest

    Floyd Mayweather’s boxing style is much the same as his father. I can imagine if Floyd Jr fights Pacquiao, it will be like the fight of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Floyd Mayweather Sr. TKO!!!

  • Alex Esmero

    Floyd Mayweather’s boxing style is much the same as his father. I can imagine if Floyd Jr fights Manny Pacquiao, it will be like the fight of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Floyd Mayweather Sr. TKO!!!

  • dan

    what you doing Floyd go time for the fight..see whats the best boxer.

  • DavoQRC78

    Personally, I just dislike Floyd. He treasures his undefeated record and legacy more than proving he is a real man and fight the only person who he fears can beat him. In my mind he can never hold a candle to guys like Sugar Ray, Hagler, Hearns, Duran et al because those dudes fought each other. They were legends before they left the ring and they were willing to put their lives and legacies on the line in search of immortality. Floyd, for all his legacy chasing will just be another broke ass footnote in boxing history. To possibly leave the ring undefeated, whilst fighting bums, has beens and nobodies dont make you great dawg, it just make you a punkass. Oh, and all your money will be gone in 10 years too.

  • Sen Bjorn

    wife beating piece of garbage is a coward and a punk. Look forward to his future overdose or drive-by murder….

  • cheetah

    Poor gutless Floyd, he saw Manny knocking out fighters, got scared, and tried to mask his fear with “Manny’s on steroids” claims. Then when Manny sued him for defamation, Floyd was a no show at the depositions because he knew he would fold if he was asked questions under oath. And man, did he settle that suit quick like a punk. All that talk about “cleaning up the sport” — BS!! Don’t hear him saying that anymore do we? Plus he talks about USADA testing, that is not even the most sophisticated. Try VADA chump.

    That “0” is a joke. It’s like Calzaghe. Both great fighters, but too weak a resume to EVER be in the GOAT convo. If he fights Manny and a healthy Sergio at 154 (Martinez can still make that weight) he gets more respect. But until then these Golden Boy stooges like Ghost Guerrero (LOL!) and Khan (yeah right) are weak as hell competition.

  • adam pitterson

    Lol…you sound pretty classy. U know Pacquiao has ordered hits on political foes and cheated on jinkee numerous times?

  • adam pitterson

    Manny turned down the fight over fear of needles…or have we forgotten that now?

  • adam pitterson

    Lol…hate in your blood. As long as he doesn’t have Mannys accountants he will be fine. At least we know pacman is all about proving his manhood. Even if has to fight the same guy.five timed!! Lmao q

  • adam pitterson

    Please slap yourself for comparing pacman and Leonard

  • Sen Bjorn

    Adam can’t get off Floyd’s dick for some reason or another

  • Moses Jabbar

    a fan of gayweather… Lol

  • Moses Jabbar

    poor Gayweather fan… :P

  • Moses Jabbar

    adam is gayweather’s gardener

  • DavoQRC78

    I aint hating on Floyd B. I am a black man and I want all black ppl to make money and do well but all the flossin, bitchin and doggin out of Manny dont make him more or less of a legend. If Manny is garbage then fight him already. He been using every excuse known to man to duck this fight. He wants to retire undefeated and that means he aint fighting no goddam person who could beat his ass. Real talk.