Floyd Mayweather has played down the spectacle of Manny Pacquiao’s recent victory over Timothy Bradley, and insisted that it was the latter’s mistakes that made it so one-sided, according to reports in the U.S.
ESPN write that Mayweather, yet to be defeated in his professional career, wasn’t impressed with the manner in which Pacquiao disposed of Bradley in the pair’s second bout, and said that Saul Alvarez’s victory over Alfred Angulo was far more eye-catching.
Talk over a potential mega-fight between five-division champion Mayweather and eight-division Pacquiao is never far from the headlines when either have a fight, and so it was with little surprise that the topic of his arch-rival came up when Mayweather was being questioned ahead of his fight this weekend against Marcos Maidana.
And the American answered in typically unreserved fashion, claiming that Pacquiao’s decision win over Bradley was nothing special.
“I thought that Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was pulling a lot of shots like an amateur. I think he was making a lot of mistakes and he was very fatigued early on. I think that he was making a lot of mistakes, falling off balance and fighting like an amateur. I think both fighters fought like amateurs,” Mayweather said.
“I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn’t pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn’t pleased with his performance and I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao.”
Speculation continues to rumble on with regards to who Mayweather will fight next, should he beat Maidana as expected. Amir Khan is said to be at the front of the pack, whilst a rematch with Alvarez could be of interest and that long-anticipated showdown with Pacquiao lurks in the distance.