Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao

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Jabs Mayweather Pacquiao
Landed 67 18
Thrown 267 193
Percent 25% 9%
Power Punches Mayweather Pacquiao
Landed 81 63
Thrown 168 236
Percent 48% 27%
Total Punches Mayweather Pacquiao
Landed 148 81
Thrown 435 429
Percent 34% 19%
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Floyd Mayweather Jr 146 lbs beat Manny Pacquiao 145 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • Date: 2015-05-02
  • Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Kenny Bayless
  • Judge: Burt A Clements 116-112
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  • Judge: Glenn Feldman 116-112
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  • Judge: Dave Moretti 118-110
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  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. 47-0 (26 KOs) vs. Manny Pacquiao 57-5-2 (38 KOs).
  • Mayweather entered the fight as the WBC and WBA "super" champion at welterweight and super welterweight, although the two super welterweight titles were not on the line. He was also The Ring welterweight and junior middleweight champion, and the magazine's No. 1-rated pound-for-pound boxer. Pacquiao entered as the WBO welterweight champion, as well as The Ring's No. 1-rated welterweight contender and No. 3-rated pound-for-pound boxer.
  • The WBC announced that the winner of the fight would receive a diamond and emerald-encrusted belt worth $1 million, and the WBA announced that the winner would be awarded the "Man of Triumph" trophy and a gold-plated "super" champion belt. 1, 2
  • This was the fifth bout in boxing history to be labeled as the "Fight of the Century." [1]
  • Mayweather and Pacquiao were originally expected to fight in 2010. On December 4, 2009, ESPN.com reported: "Manny Pacquiao likely will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13. . . . If the fight is agreed upon, there likely would be a Jan. 11 news conference in New York to announce it. The bout could be the richest ever, assuming pay-per-view projections are accurate. . . . Representatives of the Superdome in New Orleans and the new Cowboys Stadium in Dallas have expressed interest in hosting the fight, as has the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas." A contract sent on December 11, 2009, by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Mayweather to Top Rank on behalf of Pacquiao proposed a 50-50 financial split between the sides for a fight that would have been held March 13, 2010. The eight-page agreement was so detailed that it indicated which of the two fighters would step onto the scale first at the weigh-in (Pacquiao), who would walk to the ring first (Pacquiao), who would be introduced first (Mayweather), and who had first choice of the locker room (Mayweather). It detailed that the bout would have been on HBO Pay-Per-View at a cost of $59.95. Billing was to be "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, presented by Top Rank, Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Promotions and M-P Promotions in association with [approved sponsors and the site]." Pacquiao's side declined the contract offer because Pacquiao objected to Mayweather's demand for drug testing.Mayweather insisted on Olympic-style drug testing "to ensure fair play and sportsmanship by both fighters." Mayweather wanted blood tests up to 14 days before the fight, but Pacquiao would not agree to testing within 24 days of the bout. Pacquaio cited his 2005 loss to Erik Morales as the reason. Two days before he fought Morales, Pacquiao had to have blood drawn because the Nevada State Athletic Commission said he had failed to submit to a mandatory medical examination within the prescribed 30-day period before the fight. As a result, Pacquiao said he went into the fight feeling drained and weak. 3, 4
  • On December 30, 2009, Pacquiao filed suit in U.S. District Court in Nevada against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer, alleging that they made false and defamatory statements accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The case was settled out of court in September 2012. Terms of the agreement were confidential. In a statement released on September 25 through the mediator in the case, the Mayweathers said they "wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance-enhancing drugs." 5, 6
  • Mayweather and Pacquiao had a phone conversation on January 19, 2012, and discussed terms for a fight. "He offered me $40 million, and no pay-per-view [money]," Pacquiao said. "I told him, 'OK, 50-50 [with the money] and I'll agree to everything else,' I told him I would agree to all of the other things he was demanding. Everything. Even the blood testing he wanted, I would do it. But it had to be 50-50." Mayweather said, "He faces Floyd Mayweather, he's not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50." 7, 8
  • On January 27, 2015, Mayweather and Pacquiao were both courtside for a game between the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks in Miami. Pacquiao was in Miami to serve as a judge at the Miss Universe pageant, which occurred two nights earlier. He remained in Miami because his flight was cancelled due to poor weather. Mayweather and Pacquiao, who had never met in person, briefly spoke with each other during halftime. They met again later that night in Pacquiao's hotel room to discuss terms for a fight. "Once we met with Floyd, everything changed completely," Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's manager, said. "We knew he was serious at that point and he wanted to get this thing done." 9
  • On February 20, Mayweather announced via social media that he and Pacquiao would fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. 10
  • Mayweather and Pacquiao agreed to split the revenue 60/40 in favor of Mayweather. For revenue between $160 million and $180 million, the contract called for the winner of the fight to receive 51 percent and the loser 49 percent.
  • The pay-per-view price for the fight was $89.95 for standard definition and $99.95 for high definition. Cable companies and satellite providers received 30 percent to 40 percent of the gross pay-per-view revenue, depending on the level of marketing each did. A majority of the pay-per-view revenue went to the fighters, minus a small cut (7.5 percent, divided evenly, according to Bob Arum) for HBO and Showtime. 11
  • The United States Anti-Doping Agency was retained to supervise rigorous drug testing for the fight. USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said the agreement would give his agency full access to conduct unannounced blood and/or urine tests of the fighters at any point up to the night of the fight. Tygart said both fighters agreed to stipulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency code, which calls for a four-year ban from competition for any athlete who tests positive for performance enhancing drugs. 12
  • The fight was a joint venture between HBO, which had Pacquiao under contract, and Showtime, which had a contract with Mayweather. The fight was called by blow-by-blow announcer Jim Lampley (HBO) and analysts Al Bernstein (Showtime) and Roy Jones Jr. (HBO). Max Kellerman (HBO) and Jim Gray (Showtime) handled the reporter/interview roles, and Harold Lederman (HBO) and Steve Farhood (Showtime) were the unofficial scorers of the bout. There were also two ring announcers: Michael Buffer and Jimmy Lennon Jr.. Buffer ("Let's get ready to rumble!") has been the regular HBO ring announcer for years, even though he is an independent contractor. Lennon ("It's Showtime!") has been the primary Showtime ring announcer for many years. They shared duties, as they did when HBO and Showtime televised the 2002 fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson, their only other joint pay-per-view. 13
  • Mayweather opened as a -275 favorite, and Pacquiao was listed at +235. By the day of the fight, the odds were down to -200 for Mayweather and +160 for Pacquiao. "The number of wagers we've seen is just unprecedented. We haven't seen this before on any fight," said Jay Kornegay, the VP of Race and Sports Operations at the Westgate Las Vegas Casino. Jay Rood, vice president of race and sports book at MGM Resorts, said he expected between $60 and $80 million to be bet on the fight. 14, 15, 16
  • "We’ve got 10 different sparring partners in training camp," Mayweather said. "We’ve got Zab Judah. We’ve got Chop Chop Corley. We’re preparing for many different looks." Among the sparring partners for Pacquiao were Kenneth Sims and Rashidi Ellis. Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, accused Mayweather adviser Al Haymon of attempting to sabotage their sparring selections ahead of the fight. "I'm hiring sparring partners. Al Haymon's people call them up and offer more money for them not to come," Roach told told ABS-CBN News. "I'm not worried about those guys. We got four really good sparring partners for Manny for this fight. Mayweather look-alikes.” 17, 18
  • Tickets for the fight didn't go on sale until April 23, nine days before the fight, due to problems among Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank and the MGM Grand over ticket distribution to the event. An agreement was reached on April 22 after CBS chairman Leslie Moonves intervened and held a conference call with those involved. Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank each reportedly received 30 percent of the tickets with the MGM Grand controlling 40 percent. Tickets were priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500, not including applicable service charges, and went on sale via Ticketmaster. They were limited to four per household. There were also $10,000 tickets, but they were not among the roughly 500 tickets being made available to the public out of the roughly 16,000 tickets. The rest of the tickets were controlled by Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank and the MGM Grand, which distributed the tickets — which everyone had to pay for — to their customers, the fighter camps, the fight sponsors, HBO and Showtime, and the brokers with which they do business. A flood of tickets became available later in the day on the secondary market. 19
  • Las Vegas's main commercial airport, McCarran International, was reportedly closed to private planes on the day of the fight after celebrities packed the airport with their parked jets. 20
  • Celebrities in attendance included Ben Affleck, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Don Cheadle, Bradley Cooper, Claire Danes, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Denzel Washington, Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K., Beyoncé, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Jamie Foxx (who sang the U.S. national anthem), Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mark Wahlberg (Combs bet Wahlberg $250,000 that Mayweather would win the fight, with the money going to the winning boxer's favorite charity). Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel walked to the ring with Pacquiao, and Mayweather was accompanied by singer Justin Bieber and the Burger King mascot (Burger King reportedly paid $1 million for the privilege). 21
  • Reports of fans having trouble ordering the fight through their pay-per-view providers filled social media in the hours leading up to the fight. HBO Sports spokesman Ray Stallone confirmed that the beginning of the fight was delayed by about 45 minutes to help fix the pay-per-view issues. Fans reported issues with some of the biggest providers, including Optimum, DirecTV, Charter, Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T. Problems ranged from issues with ordering, to pixilated screens, to screens going to black after the broadcast had started. "We are aware of the issue impacting the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao feed," the Charter Communications account tweeted. "We are working to resolve as soon as possible." Spokespeople for DirecTV and Optimum said things were quickly resolved. "This was the largest pay-per-view event in our history, and, as with every other TV provider, there was a temporary traffic jam that affected a small percentage of our consumers," DirecTV spokesman Darris Gringeri said. "Less than 3 percent missed a few minutes of the first undercard bout, while virtually everyone was able to see the main event." It was more of a problem for Buckeye CableSystem in Ohio, which said consumers missed half the fight because of a snafu with delivering the fight to homes. "It wasn't an overload issue, as fewer than 5 percent of our customers ordered the fight," spokesman Keith Wilkowski said. "It was more of a technical issue that our engineers are reviewing." Wilkowski said Buckeye CableSystem users who paid $99.95 for the fight would not be charged. 22
  • Piracy was a concern leading up to the fight. Top Rank, together with Mayweather Promotions, HBO and Showtime sued a site called HDBoxing.net, which said it intended to stream the fight for free live. The court issued a temporary restraining order that stopped the site from doing so. Two days after the fight, Todd DeBoef, president of Top Rank, said he was concerned about the amount of people who were streaming and watching the fight through Twitter's live-streaming app, Periscope. "We are going to seek whatever remedy we have to go after people who essentially stole our product," DeBoef said. For its part, a Twitter spokesperson said that it received 66 reports from rights holders during the fight and took down all 30 streams that were still actively broadcasting. "Periscope operates in compliance with the Digital Copyright Act," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. "We respect intellectual property and are working to ensure there are robust tools in place to respond expeditiously. Broadcasting content that is protected under copyright is a clear violation of our content policy." 23
  • Michael Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of The Ring, reported:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought a brilliant defensive fight and did enough offensively to defeat Manny Pacquiao by a unanimous decision Saturday at the MGM Grand. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 knockouts) pursued Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) from beginning to end, groping for ways to land any punch he could. And he had his moments, firing quick combinations whenever he got close enough. However, it was uphill the entire fight for Pacquiao as Mayweather rolled, held or ran to avoid getting hit. The fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, who chanted Pacquiao’s name throughout, were frustrated at Mayweather’s tactics but they were very effective. Meanwhile, Mayweather wasn’t particularly busy, generally throwing one punch at a time. His shots were often accurate, though, whether he was jabbing or timing his rights perfectly when Pacquiao rushed in. The judges scored it 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. I had it 116-112. Naturally, the pro-Pacquiao crowd booed the decision and Mayweather when he was interviewed after the fight. 24
  • The fight destroyed all-time boxing records for pay-per-view buys, pay-per-view revenue, and live gate. $72,198,500 was generated from the sale of 16,219 tickets at the MGM Grand, and more than $437 million was generated from an estimated 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. The 2007 fight between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya — also at the MGM Grand — was the previous record holder for pay-per-view buys (2.48 million), and the 2013 fight between Mayweather and Saul Alvarez was the previous record holder for both pay-per-view revenue ($150 million) and live gate ($20,003,150 from the sale of 16,146 tickets at the MGM Grand). Additional revenue from Mayweather vs. Pacquiao included:
    • A record of approximately $40 million from international television rights from 175 countries.
    • A record $13.2 million from sponsorships, including a record $5.6 million paid by Tecate as the title beer sponsor.
    • Nearly $19 million in national closed circuit revenue from tickets sold at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments.
    • Another $6.9 million in closed circuit revenue from a record 46,000 tickets sold (at $150 apiece) at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas.
    • Merchandise sales approaching several million dollars. 25
    • More than 10,000 tickets were sold for the weigh-in at $10 each. All proceeds from the weigh-in tickets were donated to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (Pacquiao's charity) and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation (Mayweather's charity). 26
  • According to CompuBox, Pacquiao threw and landed fewer punches against Mayweather than in any of his previous fights that went the 12-round distance. 27
  • An administrative error on the official scorecard used in the fight ignited conspiracy theorists into suggesting that Pacquiao should have won the bout. All three judges awarded the fight to Mayweather, but in every column where they mark their scores at the end of the round, he is labelled as being in the red corner. That is the point that galvanized certain boxing fans into suggesting the fight may have been awarded to the wrong fighter because Mayweather was actually in the blue corner. It was Pacquiao who was in the red corner. However, these rumors were instantly dismissed because the bottom of the official scorecard clearly reads, "Mayweather won by unanimous decision." 28
  • At the post-fight press conference, Mayweather announced that he was going to vacate his titles. "I've made a decision to relinquish all those belts," he said. "Other fighters need a chance. Give them chances. It's time for other fighters to have chances at belts." Soon afterwards, WBO President Paco Valcarcel tweeted that Mayweather had previously agreed to vacate his organization's title in the event of victory. 29
  • At the post-fight press conference, Pacquiao revealed that he entered the fight with an injured right shoulder. Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer, said the injury occurred during a sparring session with Kenneth Sims about a month before the bout. "They were both throwing hooks, and they caught arms and clashed," Roach said. In mid-April, Pacquiao's condition was evaluated at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Pacquiao said he was advised to rest his shoulder for 30 to 40 days. At that point, Pacquiao considered postponing the fight. But he opted instead for a cocktail of pain-killing, anti-inflammatory and healing drugs approved by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Thereafter, Pacquiao’s preparation for the fight was significantly compromised. Among other things, he stopped sparring for at least a week in an effort to avoid exacerbating his shoulder injury. According to the Los Angelels Times, one camp insider said Pacquiao was confident the shoulder was feeling better, comfortable enough to say he could "test it" in the ring against Mayweather. But in the third round, the pain returned. Pacquiao said, "We didn't throw a lot of combinations because it hurt. The thing is, what we wanted to do we could not do because of my shoulder." 30, 31
  • At a physical administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on May 1, the boxers filled out a medical questionnaire. On Pacquiao's questionnaire, the medications he had been taking were listed: Lidocaine, Bupivacaine, Celestone, PRP and Toradol. The questionnaire specifically asked, "Have you had any injury to your shoulders, elbows, or hands that needed evaluation or examination? If yes, explain." The answer was "no." Bob Bennett, executive director of the commission, told Fox Sports that Pacquiao filled out the questionnaire. However, Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's manager, told the New York Daily News that he was the one who did it. "Manny didn't check the box. I checked it," Koncz said. "It was just an inadvertent mistake. If I was trying to hide anything, would I have listed all the medications on the sheet that he intended to use? We weren't trying to hide anything. I just don't think I read the questionnaire correctly." 32
  • In the dressing room before the fight, Team Pacquiao asked that a physician they had brought with them be allowed to inject Pacquiao with Toradol, a non-steroidal, pain-killing, anti-inflammatory drug. The commission denied the request. "We were not aware of his injury until tonight at 6:30," said Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar. "I made a decision not to allow it, given the timing of the request." The day after the fight, Pacquiao told reporters that he didn't believe Aguilar. "I don't believe they just found out that night. I'm sure two weeks before they knew because it leaked. Someone leaked it from the gym," Pacquiao said. He also claimed that Mayweather knew of his injury weeks before the fight and took advantage of that during the fight. "Did you see when he was pulling my arm? Because he knew. He was pulling it, did you see? Because he knew," Pacquiao said. 33
  • Nevada State Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose the shoulder injury. "We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances," Aguilar said two days after the fight. "At some point we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information." 34
  • "We have an MRI scan that confirms he has a rotator cuff tear. He has a significant tear," Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com. "If all goes as expected with the surgery and the rehab is successful, Manny could be back training in about six months. At that point, he will be regaining strength and endurance, and competition is reasonable within nine months to a year. But this is a severe enough tear that it won't heal without being repaired." The surgery, which lasted 90 minutes, was performed by Dr. ElAttrache four days after the fight. Afterward, Dr. ElAttrache said he could not be "more pleased with the results." It was an outpatient surgery, so Pacquiao did not have to stay overnight. 35
  • In an interview with Jim Gray, which aired on Showtime one week after the fight, Mayweather said he did not detect during the bout that Pacquiao had suffered a shoulder injury. "He was fast. His left hand was fast. His right hand was fast, and he was throwing them both fast and strong," Mayweather said. "I'm not going to buy into the bullshit, and I don't want the public to buy into the bullshit. He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this." Earlier in the week, Mayweather had told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he would be willing to grant Pacquiao a rematch when the Filipino's injury had healed. "Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I changed my mind," Mayweather told Gray. "At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward." 36
  • A class-action lawsuit was filed against Pacquiao, his manager and his promoter on May 5 in Nevada for failing to disclose his injury before the fight. Others were filed later in the day, including two in California and one each in Texas and Illinois. The lawsuit filed in Illinois on behalf of four state residents not only names Pacquiao, his manager Michael Koncz and his promotional company Top Rank, but also names Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather Productions, fight producers HBO and Showtime and pay-per-view providers AT&T, Comcast and DirecTV. "Our state has a law that prohibits concealing or misrepresenting material information with consumers and, within the context of boxing, Manny Pacquiao's shoulder injury is a material fact," said Bob Duncan, one of the lawyers for the Illinois plaintiffs. "Had our clients known that the underdog had a shoulder injury, they wouldn't have thought that this fight was worth watching." Top Rank lawyer Daniel Petrocelli told ESPN.com that the allegations in the lawsuit filed in Nevada were "demonstrably false" and that Top Rank was under no obligation to publicly disclose Pacquiao's injury. "This is a frivolous lawsuit, and we are confident it will be dismissed," he said. 37

Media Scorecards

  • Ryan O'Hara of ThaBoxingVoice.com: 115-113 Mayweather
  • Brian Campbell of ESPN: 117-111 Mayweather
  • John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times: 114-114
  • Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press: 115-113 Mayweather
  • Steve Farhood of Showtime: 118-110 Mayweather
  • Mike Fridley of Sherdog: 119-109 Mayweather
  • Mike James of the Los Angeles Times: 115-113 Mayweather
  • Harold Lederman of HBO: 117-111 Mayweather
  • Jeff Powell of the Daily Mail: 115-115 38
  • Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times: 115-113 Mayweather 39
  • Dan Rafael of ESPN: 116-112 Mayweather 40
  • Gary Randall of Sherdog: 114-114
  • Eric Raskin of ESPN: 116-113 Mayweather
  • Mike Sloan of Sherdog: 118-110 Mayweather
  • Marc Livitz of SecondsOut: 117-111 Mayweather

Pre-Fight Quotes

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "I'm in the gym working right now, dedicating myself to the sport, pushing myself to the limit because I never wanted to win a fight so bad in my life, and I'm pretty sure he is going to push himself to the limit because he wants to win it the same way I want to win it."- Mayweather Jr.
  • Manny Pacquiao: "I believe this is what you are waiting for since five years ago. The fight is on, and we're very excited. Both of us will undergo hard training, and we will do our best on May 2 to make you happy."
  • Freddy Roach: "I love challenges. This is the biggest challenge of my life," Roach said. "It's finally here and in front of me. I've been looking forward to this for a long, long time. We're in the fight of our lives, but we're gonna kick his ass. Good luck, Floyd."
  • Bob Arum: "We had Ali-Frazier, we had Leonard-Duran, we had Leonard-Hagler, and now we have Pacquiao and Mayweather. This is the biggest fight of its era. It's a great event for boxing. Everybody around the world is interested in this fight -- ambassadors, senators, celebrities." Bob Arum
  • Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports: "This is the super bowl of boxing. They're the two greatest boxers of their generation. It transcends boxing for sure, and it probably transcends sports." 41

Post-Fight Quotes

  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "He's [Pacquiao] a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. Now I see why he's one of the guys at the pinnacle."
  • Manny Pacquiao: "I thought I won the fight. He [Mayweather] didn't do nothing."
  • Freddie Roach: "I thought we pulled it out. I asked him to throw more combinations between rounds but maybe he fought flat-footed a little too much." 40
  • Bob Arum: "I thought after the fight that Manny had won 7-5, but I can see where it could be 6-6." 42
  • Evander Holyfield: "Well, I actually thought he [Pacquiao] did [win the fight]. The fact of the matter is you are the most aggressive one, you hitting him with shots. He was the one blocking shots. Pacquiao seemed to hit him more times than he hit Pacquiao. Didn’t nobody hurt each other real bad but the fact of the matter is if don’t nobody hurt each other bad and one guy is throwing the most punches, then how do you score the card?" 43
  • Shane Mosley: "I thought it was a close fight. It was a great fight. It could have possibly been a draw. In the arena it seemed that Pacquiao was doing a little bit more, but when I watched it at home it was different - it seemed that Floyd was doing a little more than Paccquao was." 44
  • Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen: "Yesterday, those of us watching couldn’t give a point for Floyd, but the three judges unanimously decided that Floyd won. I send a message to American judges to provide an explanation for why Floyd won. Floyd was just running around—blocking and avoiding—while Pacquiao repeatedly threw more and more punches, punching him to lie against the ropes. Now if we are talking about yesterday’s fight, I owe you, but I will not pay. I didn’t expect that American judges would be so weak. I just know America clearly now. Judges made a unanimous decision to make a winner become a loser. Now [I] hear voices of Filipino brothers and sisters who want a rematch. Fighting on their land, they would not allow us to win unless Floyd was beaten to death." 45
  • Paulie Malignaggi: "I think he's [Pacquiao] a sore loser. I don't think he had an injured shoulder." 45
  • Jim Lampley: "It was a cynical enterprise to begin with in certain ways and now seems even moreso. I feel terrible [for those] who spent four figures on a ticket, I feel bad for people who spent 89, 90, 100 dollars on pay-per-view who were not given proper information in advance on what it was they were seeing. I think there may be a constituency of people who think it’s in some way noble and brave for Pacquiao to go ahead and enter the ring with an injury and try to perform, but I think that the only way that would wash is if the public had known in advance, and to have gone ahead with the enterprise when one of the fighters turns out to be damaged goods." 47
  • Max Kellerman: "I think some people had the sense that Manny Pacquiao sold out for the money, and by fighting with a torn rotator cuff somehow perpetrated a fraud on the public. I strongly disagree with this. A dilemma is not a tough choice. A dilemma is a choice between two bad options. What was Manny Pacquiao supposed to do? Three weeks to go before the fight when he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff that needed surgery, was he supposed to postpone the fight? So, 12 months off, he already was off for five months, he’s supposed to come back after shoulder surgery and a 17-plus month ring absence, to fight and try to beat Floyd Mayweather? Does that give him his best chance to win? When all the tickets have already been sold? The hotel rooms have been booked? The airfare etc. The eyes of the boxing world were hoping to see this fight and what did Manny Pacquiao do? He manned-up. He said ‘if I can a shot of toradol in my shoulder, I can go through with this fight, I think that gives me my best chance to win.’ By the way if he postpones, there may never be a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Who knows if Mayweather’s still active 12 months-plus into the future. So Pacquiao’s camp clears it with USADA, the drug-testing body that Mayweather’s side insisted upon. USADA says ‘fine, a shot of toradol is fine’ and then ultimately at the 11th hour, the Nevada State Athletic Commission says Pacquiao can’t get the shot of toradol because of what was essentially was a clerical error? Because some box wasn’t checked off? A form wasn’t filled right? If people are mad at anybody for Pacquiao not being at his best, if that is the view, be mad at the Nevada State Athletic Commission, in my view, because just when the boxing world needed them to show sound judgement, they chose to stand on principle instead of cooperate with the spirit of the event." 48

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