Pacquiao: I thought I won the fight!
By Chris Williams: In a case of a fighter not being able to come to terms with their defeat, Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) stood there repeating himself over and over again after tonight’s fight, saying “I thought I won the fight.” Unfortunately for Pacquiao the world saw WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) do a number on the Filipino fighter in schooling him for 12 rounds to win a comfortable 12 round unanimous decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What was really sad about Pacquiao, besides how poor he looked in the ring, was how he sounded like a poor sport after the fight in failing to give credit to Mayweather for his masterful win. Pacquiao should have been pouring praise over Mayweather’s head after the fight for the good job he did in beating him. But we didn’t see that from Pacquiao and it was just so, so sad. I was so disappointed in Pacquiao. He really let a lot of boxing fans down by failing to give his appreciation for his conqueror Mayweather.
“I thought I won the fight,” Pacquiao said after the fight. “He didn’t do anything. He always ran. I got hit many times. I saw the punches and I think I won the fight. It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches if the opponent is moving around. I can handle his power. It’s not like [Antonio] Margarito or [Miguel] Cotto. He’s not strong like Margarito.”
This is so sad. Pacquiao just unable to come to terms with his loss. HBO commenter Max Kellerman could barely keep it together while interviewing Pacquiao after the fight. Kellerman looked both sorry for Pacquiao and disappointed in him, especially when Pacquiao started talking about how he thought he won the fight. Kellerman said “You thought you won?” He was as surprised as anyone to hear Pacquiao saying he thought he won. But what made it even worse was when Pacquiao started with the excuses for his loss in blaming Mayweather for him not standing still so that he could throw his punches. That was almost laughable.
I’m hoping that when Pacquiao sees the replay of the fight he’ll realize that he was schooled tonight by the better man. After Pacquiao sees the fight, I would like to think that he’ll do some groveling by telling the media that he lost the fight and that Mayweather was the better man. Some fighters are unable to give credit to the guys they lose to. I never figured Pacquiao to be one of those types, and I’m still hoping he’ll prove me wrong after he sees how badly he was beaten by watching a replay of the fight.