Almost a week after the fight of the century, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao continue to dominate boxing headlines. In the latest update, Pretty Boy has launched a scathing attack on the 'coward' Pacman and completely ruled out the possibility of a rematch.
While talking to Showtime's Jim Gray, Mayweather said: "Did I text [ESPN’s] Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. … If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’ ”
The 48-0 champ's comments came after Pacquiao underwent a shoulder surgery that will likely keep him out of boxing for as many as nine months or even force him into retirement. There is no doubt that his injury is legit and that he fought with a torn rotator cuff. If anyone was a coward, it wasn't the boxer from Philippines who risked his body and legacy to put on a show. He did his best too and would've succeeded had his opponent not been so efficiently defensive – and boring.
Then why is Mayweather bad-mouthing Pacman? Is he really a sore loser? The thing is that Pacquiao has lost before. He has even been at the receiving end of brutal knockouts (check out his '12 bout with Juan Manuel Marquez), but he has never made excuses. After being floored by Marquez, the Filipino's exact words were: [I have] 'no excuse and that he (Marquez) deserved the victory.'
Sore loser? We're not sure about that.
Let's dissect it some more. The one thing that the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight was lacking was bad blood. The fight was hyped up alright, but it was due to their boxing stature and not because of there being an underlying feud. Public spats and brawls are a common recipe that pugilists use to generate interest and sell PPVs. This time, this mega fight didn't need any of that because it was already a mega fight. Some insults or barbed exchanges wouldn't have made any difference. But now that it's known Mayweather can't be a part of an exciting fight anymore, he will resort to saying insulting things in the media about Pacquiao.
In the next few months, expect more of that, but don't fall for it. Mayweather is a master manipulator. He will do anything for one more mega payday. The key is for the fans to not fall for it because while Mayweather is incapable of making an exciting fight – unless of course they're fine with shelling out their hard-earned $99 for a snore fest.