Arum thinks Mayweather’s stock went down after win over Pacquiao
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0, 26 KOs) may have impressed a lot of boxing fans with the way that he schooled the over-matched, timid and confused-looking Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) last May in their “Fight of the Century in Las Vegas, but Pacquiao’s 83-year-old promoter Bob Arum is convinced that Mayweather’s stock went down because he feels it wasn’t a decisive win.
Arum thinks that Pacquiao should have won 7 rounds to 5. Unfortunately for Arum, his opinion is meaningless and on the margins of what the majority of the fans felt. There are very few fans crying about how Pacquiao was robbed.
Most fans saw it as a clear win for Mayweather over a fighter that was unsure what to do in the ring in Pacquiao. The injury the excuse and the denial of his loss only succeeded in making Pacquiao, Arum and trainer Freddie Roach all look bad afterwards. It came across loud and clear like a group of people unwilling to own their defeat and give credit to their superior conqueror in Mayweather.
“No, I think it [Mayweather’s stock] went down, because it wasn’t a decisive defeat, and Pacquiao was injured after the 4th round,” Arum said to esnewsreporting.
I don’t think that Mayweather lost anything in beating Pacquiao. The only one that came out of the fight as a loser was Pacquiao, and not just because he lost the fight. Pacquiao’s injury excuse made him look really bad afterwards when he started complaining about how he came into the fight with an injured right shoulder. But what made Pacquiao look even more ridiculous in the minds of many boxing fans was how he stood there after the fight, saying that he felt he should have won the fight.
It was like Pacquiao was in denial about the defeat, and all you could do is wonder whether it was too much of a negative for him to come to terms with what had just happened in the ring. Pacquiao had wanted to beat Mayweather for six years. That’s something that Pacquiao and his team had always talked about. But once he finally got in the ring with Mayweather, it was evident that Pacquiao didn’t have the talent or the skills to compete with him.
The only rounds that Pacquiao won were the ones in which Mayweather took the rounds of by going to the ropes and letting Pacquiao get some shots off. Even in those rounds, Mayweather dominated the action. Pacquiao got the rounds because he stole them with flurries when Mayweather would back against the ropes.
Mayweather’s ring generalship was evident throughout the rounds, and it was clear that he far better than Pacquiao.
I think Mayweather’s stock definitely went up after his win over Pacquiao, and I see the victory as cementing Mayweather’s Hall of Fame type legacy. Beating Pacquiao as badly as he did showed how far above Mayweather is compared to the rest of the fighters in the sport. He’s clearly the best in boxing in my mind.
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