Pacquiao in denial about loss to Mayweather, comments on Casimero vs. Rigondeaux fight
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao brought up old wounds in mentioning his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. when asked to give his thoughts on the results of fellow countryman John Riel Casimero’s 12 round split decision win over Guillermo Rigondeaux last Saturday night.
Pacquiao said Riondeaux didn’t want to fight Casimero, and he saw it as the same thing when Mayweather fought him in their fight six years ago in May 2015.
For the boxing fans that don’t remember that fight, Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) schooled Pacquiao, beating him by a decisive 12 round unanimous decision by the scores 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.
Mayweather dominated Pacquiao
Chris Williams agreed with the 118-110 score for Mayweather, as Pacquiao couldn’t do anything in the fight. Mayweather was picking Pacquiao off each time he would bum rush him.
The only reason Pacquiao won a couple of rounds is that Mayweather took his foot off the throttle when he had built up a wide lead in the first half of the fight.
“I’m glad that he retained his belt, but the thing is his opponent didn’t want to fight him,” said Pacquiao on Casimero’s win over Rigondeaux. “It was like Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather.”
See what I mean about Pacquiao being bitter still? You would think that after six years, Pacquiao would have finally gotten over his loss to Floyd, but I guess not. The Filipino star is still reliving the experience in his head.
Hopefully, when Pacquiao gets older, he’ll finally come to terms with what happened to him against Mayweather and live with the fact that he fought the better man that night.
Once Pacquiao looks at the fight with his eyes open, it’ll free him from the torment of what went on that night. The two could have been playing chess, and Mayweather would have gotten the better of Pacquiao. He was on another level than him that night.
As far as the Casimero vs. Rigondeaux fight goes, WBO bantamweight champion John Riel (31-4, 21 KOs) won a 12 round split decision over the 40-year-old Rigondeaux (20-2, 13 KOs) in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
- 117-112 – Casimero
- 116-112 – Casimero
- 115-113 – Rigondeaux
Chris Williams agreed with Terence Crawford and Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero in seeing Rigondeaux as the winner of the fight. Although those guys didn’t say what scores they had the fight, Chris Williams had it 119-109 in favor of Rigondeaux.
Rigondeaux shut Casimero out after round one
Casimero fought well in the first round when he nailed Rigondeaux with a big shot followed by a rabbit punch and then hitting him when he had slipped down.
After round one, Rigondeaux moved beautifically around the ring, showing the sweet science as outboxed a rather crude-looking Casimero, who looked wild-eyed and desprate to land anything and I mean ANYTHING.
Like always, Casimero’s fans saw him as doing no wrong, and weren’t about to admit that he’d been schooled by Rigondeaux. Oh well, that’s why they’re called fanatics.
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