Pacquiao: I’m not a sore loser; I just want to tell the truth
By Chris Williams: Recently, Floyd Mayweather Jr. deemed that Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao is a “sore loser” due to him insisting that he should have been given the decision in their fight on May 2nd of this month. Mayweather further was disgusted by Pacquiao’s injury excuse that he revealed after their fight in which Pacquiao said that he came into their “Fight of the Century” with a bad shoulder injury.
Well, Pacquiao has finally answered Mayweather back by saying that he’s not a sore loser. Pacquiao says that boxing fans needed to know what was up with him. Of course, that sounds like Pacquiao is making an excuse, but I guess he needed to make an excuse.
I’m not sure if Pacquiao is aware of this or not, but by him making excuses and failing to admit that Mayweather was the better man in their fight, it gives some boxing fans the impression that Pacquiao is bitter loser unable to admit when he’s been beaten. It always looks bad when a fighter can’t agree that they’ve been beaten, and it looks worse when they start with the injury excuses afterwards.
“I’m not a sore loser. I just want to tell the truth so the people will know,” Pacquiao said to sports.inquirer.net. “[I] fought in an uneven playing field where my opponent was in control of everything, inside and outside the ring,” Pacquiao said. “He’s an astute fighter who doesn’t have the so-called sense of fair play. I respect the decision of the judges and I accept my defeat.”
I’m not sure what “uneven playing field” that Pacquiao is talking about. As far as I can tell, everything was equal in the fight. They both got the gloves they wanted to, and it was a pretty fair purse split. Mayweather got the bigger money, but he’d already proven in his recent fights that he was the bigger PPV draw. Pacquiao never had a fight attract 2.4 and 2.2 million buys like Mayweather did against Oscar De La Hoya and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Pacquiao didn’t have the unbeaten record like Mayweather did. If Pacquiao had established himself as the same PPV guy and if he had a similar ring record, then you could make a case for him deserving a 50-50 deal.
“When I went back to my hotel, I reviewed the fight and I saw the people’s reactions; that’s when I cried because of the support of the people before and after my fight,” Pacquiao said. “I was disappointed because I failed to give you joy.”
So Pacquiao cried after he saw the replay of his loss to Mayweather? I don’t know what to say about that. It must have been a huge blow to him to see himself getting beaten by Mayweather in front of all those boxing fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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