Floyd Mayweather Jr. foresaw this six years ago.
He recently posted a video on social media from 2009 when he predicted he would beat Manny Pacquiao and then the pubic would complain it was boring. Of course, that’s exactly what happened.
“Everyone wants to say that the fight didn’t live up to expectations. I did what I always do,” the undefeated fighter said recently on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 Radio. “I’m a smart, defensive wizard. I take my time, I pick my shots. And the thing is this: I’ve been around this sport a very long time, I know what I’m doing when I’m inside that squared circle. Everyone put this guy (Pacquiao) on a pedestal.”
“… It’s not my fault that I was able to alleviate anything that he was able to do. Whatever you best attribute is, I take it away from you — disarm you.”
Mayweather won convincingly on the scorecards and indeed was able to take away Pacquiao’s best weapons, mainly his punch output and ability to cut off the ring. Floyd danced around the ring and was clearly the ring general.
“If people want to be upset, be upset with the guy that couldn’t set the trap for Floyd Mayweather,” he said. “Be upset with the guy that used to throw 1,000 punches but then resorted to throwing 400 punches.”
The self-proclaimed “TBE” (The Best Ever) received the brunt of blame for a tactical fight that failed to deliver any sustained action. Of course, the majority of his fights look no different than what we say on May 2. But the bout didn’t resemble anything close to what Pacquiao’s fights usually bring, with the Filipino usually darting around the ring while landing brutal shot after brutal shot.
The Las Vegas-based champion said his only goal is to win — “no matter how you win, as long as you win” — and said he fights cautiously for a good reason.
“When my career is over I want to have all my faculties. I want to be sharp,” Mayweather, 38, said. “The name of the game is boxing, this is not called toe-to-toe battle. It’s called boxing. I’m the best at boxing. That’s what I do. Every move is calculated; very smart fighter. I take my time and go out there and do what I do best. … When we long gone and people get to talking about this fight or my career they’ll say “Floyd beat them all.”
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