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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.

Paulie Malignaggi: I don’t rate Manny Pacquiao as a very good or intelligent fighter

Paulie MalignaggiManny Pacquiao’s win over Timothy Bradley last weekend helped boost the Filipino fighter’s status among the best in the world, but Paulie Malignaggi remains unimpressed.

Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs) is coming off a win over Zab Judah and will face Shawn Porter (23-0-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday in Washington DC. He’s doing some interviews to promote the fight, and he made some shocking comments about Pac-Man in the process.

While speaking with ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Malignaggi downplayed Porter’s experience sparring with Pacquiao by taking a few shots at the Filipino champion.

“Once you become world champion I think you set yourself apart from the rest of the class, and Shawn did that by winning the world championship,” Malignaggi told Rafael. “All that other bulls— about sparring with Manny Pacquiao and all that, I don’t rate Manny Pacquiao as a very good fighter. I don’t rate him as a very intelligent fighter, actually. So all that other bulls— about the sparring and all that stuff, it really, for me, goes in one ear and out the other. But what Shawn did to Devon was very impressive, and certainly it put him in a different light in a lot of different ways, in a more positive way.”

Well, that certainly came out of nowhere.

I could understand people dropping Pacquiao down a few pegs after the decision loss to Bradley and the knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, though I would have disagreed. But after he soundly beat Bradley in the rematch, I really can’t understand how a boxing analyst like Malignaggi could say that about Manny.

Pacquiao has been a very good fighter throughout his career and is still a very good fighter. As far as him not being very intelligent as a fighter, I think his speed and skill is so good that it stands out above everything else. In other words, Pacquiao doesn’t really have to outfox opponents because he’s just better.

So what prompted Malignaggi’s comments?

Malignaggi’s shots at Pacquiao could be rooted in distrust. Several years ago, Paulie said he believed Pacquiao was on steroids. He’s maintained that belief in recent times. Maybe Malignaggi doesn’t give Pac-Man respect simply because he believes he’s cheating.

Timothy Bradley uses calf injury as excuse for loss to Manny Pacquiao

Timothy-Bradley-death-threatsTimothy Bradley said after his unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao Saturday night in Las Vegas that he wasn’t going to make an excuse, but he still made an excuse to explain his loss.

Bradley said after his defeat that he suffered a calf injury after the first round that forced him to change his style.

“It was a very tough fight. Manny came out, did his thing. I did my best in there. I got injured after the first round,” said Bradley. “I injured my calf, had to adjust my style. Had to walk to him, that’s why I got aggressive. I was just trying to end it with one shot.

“I knew if the fight was close I wasn’t getting the decision so I was like I’m better off just trying to knock this guy out.”

This actually does make sense. Watching the fight, it was noticeable that Bradley was taking some huge swings at Pac-Man in the early rounds. Many of us thought that was because he was going for a knockout so there wouldn’t be any complications from the referees. That may have been part of his motivation for the big punches, but he says there was another bigger reason to explain it.

At least he didn’t say he got robbed and gave Pacquiao the credit the Filipino deserved for the undisputed win.

Manny Pacquiao’s mom puts hex on Timothy Bradley (Video)

Manny Pacquiao is a very religious and spiritual man, and it’s no surprise he got it all from his mom, Dionesia.

In fact, if you watched the rematch between Pac-Man and Timothy Bradley on Saturday night in Las Vegas, there’s no way you missed Pacquiao’s mom seemingly placing a hex on Bradley.

HBO cameras flashed to Dionesia during the fight and showed her holding a cross in her hand and reciting what appeared to be some sort of prayer while also pointing a finger towards the ring.

Was she putting a curse on Bradley? Praying for her son? Who knows? But I do know that was some interesting placement with her middle finger, I’ll tell you that much:

Manny Pacquiao mom

Regardless of whatever she may have been doing during the fight, it was nice to see Dionesia go up to Bradley and give him a hug after the fight.

Though she probably was praying for her son to win, she most likely wanted to see both fighters escape without suffering an injury. Her son ended up with a cut above his left eye from a headbutt, but that was about it. It was probably the exact outcome she wanted.

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Video via @bubbaprog; GIF via GIFD Sports

Manny Pacquiao says he won’t leave Timothy Bradley fight to judges

Manny Pacquiao Timothy BradleyManny Pacquiao was already screwed over by the judges in his first fight with Timothy Bradley, so he’s not about to let that happen the second time around.

Pacquiao lost a controversial split decision to Bradley in June 2012. Two judges scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Bradley and the third had it 115-113 in favor of Pacquiao. But most people — including us — felt like Pacquiao won the fight with no dispute.

Whether you believe he will be able to do it or not, Pacquiao says he won’t leave their rematch in the judges’ hands.

“I know what I need to do to win this time round,” Pacquiao said this week.

“Bradley has said that I only fight for money and have lost my hunger but he’s very wrong if he truly believes that. This fight you’re going to see a very aggressive and exciting Manny Pacquiao because I don’t want to leave it to the judges’ scorecards. If I can get the knockout then that’s what I’m going for because I’m going to show the world that the best is yet to come from me.”

That is definitely some weak trash talk from Bradley. Manny hasn’t lost hunger, though he definitely is fighting for money. He looked very good in his November fight with Brandon Rios and did exactly what we would have expected.

I don’t anticipate Pacquiao knocking out Bradley just because that’s difficult to do, so the question again becomes what will the judges do with their decision? That part none of us can answer. You never really know what the plan is.

Pacquiao also sent a tweet along the same lines prior to the fight, which really let’s you know that the plan is to end the fight without leaving it in the judges’ hands:

Manny Pacquiao switches to organic diet for Timothy Bradley fight

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao is altering some of his preparation as he gets ready for his fight with Timothy Bradley next month.

Pacquiao, who rebounded from consecutive losses in 2012 with a unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios in November, has taken on a new strength and conditioning coach. That coach, Cecilio Flores, has put Pac-Man on an organic diet in order to help ensure the Filipino fighter’s strength and stamina are at their peak for the April 12 fight in Las Vegas.

Flores is making sure Pacquiao only eats chemical-free fish, vegetables, meat and other natural foods, according to the Inquirer.

Flores has worked with Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik, Marcos Maidana and Sergio Martinez in the past, and this is his first time working with Pacquiao. The story of how he got the gig is pretty interesting.

You may recall that Pacquiao used to work with Alex Ariza for strength and conditioning. However, Ariza and Pacquiao’s longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, did not get along. Roach did not agree with Ariza’s training methods and specifically commented that Manny’s legs looked tired and heavy during fights (that he lost) because of too much training.

After being dumped by Pacquiao’s team, Ariza was hired by Rios before the fight between the two men. Whatever Ariza added did little to help Rios for the fight.

According to Rappler, after Pacquiao split with Ariza, Flores flew to the Philippines on his own expense, located Pacquiao, and did his best to convince the boxer to hire him. The plan worked and Flores is now part of Pacquiao’s team for at least this fight.

The crew recently came out to Los Angeles for the final month of preparation ahead of the Las Vegas fight. In LA, Flores will likely be working with Pacquiao’s old strength/conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Flores told Rappler he would likely focus more on conditioning while Fortune would focus on the strength part.

Of course, Flores is wisely being sensitive to Pacquiao’s history and recognizes he is new to the team. Because of that, he doesn’t want to do anything too drastic ahead of the big fight.

Pacquiao, 35, is 55-5-2 and still looking to rebuild his name after the back-to-back losses. I thought he got a terrible deal from the judges in the first Bradley fight, but there was no way to get around the awful knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. A convincing win over Bradley would go a long way to rebuilding Pacquiao’s standing as a top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Manny Pacquiao won’t leave Bob Arum for Floyd Mayweather fight

pacquiao-arumOne of the biggest impediments for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is promoter Bob Arum. Not only did Arum come up with every excuse possible to block such a fight from happening when the fight was most in demand, but Mayweather despises Arum and refuses to do business with him. Mayweather even told Fight Hype recently that he will not do business with Arum.

Though he really wants a fight with Floyd and the money that comes with it, Pacquiao says he will not leave Arum’s Top Rank Promotions to increase the chances of him getting a fight with Floyd.

“Floyd Mayweather Jr. never runs out of excuses just to avoid fighting me. If I leave Top Rank, there’s no guarantee the fight would push through,” Pacquiao said in an interview with the Inquirer.

“So, why should I leave Top Rank? Just to make Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happen? No way.”

Pacquiao also said the promotional group you’re with shouldn’t prevent a fight from happening and that there shouldn’t be any “lame excuses” to block things.

A few years ago, Mayweather asked Pacquiao if he wanted to leave Top Rank to join Floyd’s “The Money Team” promotion. Pacquiao declined.

In recent weeks, Mayweather has mocked Pacquiao for his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and for his tax problems. Clearly Pacquiao has not been impressed with Floyd’s behavior.

“When Floyd Mayweather was jailed for domestic violence, I prayed for him. Did you ever hear me say anything bad against him? I did not insult him while he was down and inside the prison cell. Instead, I prayed to God to change his heart,” Pacquiao said to the Inquirer.

He makes a good point, and that is the big difference between the two. Pacquiao is humble and has a big heart. His charitable ways have even threatened to ruin his fortune. Contrarily, likes to mock opponents and show off his wealth. The two couldn’t be more different, which is another reason the potential fight between them was so enticing.