Arum thinks Pacquiao beat Mayweather 7 rounds to 5
By Chris Williams: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he felt that his fighter Manny Pacquiao did enough to deserve the decision earlier this month in his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas, Nevada. Arum says he scored the fight 7 rounds to 5 for Pacquiao, but he feels that it could have also been scored a draw at 6 rounds a piece for both fighters.
Arum says he doesn’t buy the Compu-Box punch stats for the fight, and he suggests that boxing fans watch the fight in slow motion to see who really won the fight. The problem is fights aren’t watched in slow motion.
In normal speed, Mayweather was clearly landing the cleaner shots all night long, and you could hear the impact of his punches each time they would land to the head of Pacquiao. In the cases where Pacquiao did land shots, it was flurries where Mayweather would back up against the ropes and Pacquiao would land some shots that didn’t look powerful. His just arm punches from Pacquiao.
“Watching that fight, I thought after the fight that Manny had won 7-5, but I can see where it could be 6-6,” Arum said via Boxingchannel.com via Badlefthook.com.
In watching the fight, I had it scored 9 rounds to 3 in favor of Mayweather. In the rounds that Pacquiao won, Mayweather looked like he intentionally took them off. He didn’t look like he was even trying in those rounds. Other than those three early rounds, Pacquiao was totally inept and looked both clueless and helpless against Mayweather.
In watching the fight in slow motion as Arum recommends, I saw Mayweather dominating even more. There was no difference. You could see the missed punches from Pacquiao a lot better in slow motion than in real time, and it looked really bad for the Filipino fighter. Instead of Arum telling fans to see the fight in slow motion, he should tell them to watch it in fast speed because you can’t tell if Pacquiao’s punches are landing or not when you speed it up, and he comes off a lot better. In slow motion, you can definitely see frequently Pacquiao missed, and how hesitant he became early in the fight after he kept getting nailed with right hands from Mayweather.
“Fans should get that fight and look at it again,” Arum said. “I think they were influenced by the commentary and by the punch stats. If you watch that fight as the international people did, without either that commentary or those punch stats, people around the world, a lot of them thought Manny won.”
Many of the fans that saw it live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, also felt that Mayweather won the fight. Those fans obviously weren’t influenced by commentary or punch stats, were they? They saw it live without anyone describing the action and they still felt Mayweather won without any problems.
Arum can try and whitewash Pacquiao’s loss all he wants, but the reality is the fans and the judges saw Mayweather as the winner. To be sure, there are some fans that felt that Pacquiao won, but those fans are on the margins.
Arum went on to say that if Pacquiao decides he wants the rematch with Mayweather after his shoulder heals, then he’ll go ahead and work with him on that.
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