FILIPINO boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has fought the best in the world and broken the sport’s record books as the only eight-division world champion.
He’s a contented man now, ending up as a multi-millionaire and a senator of the Republic.
But when asked about something that continues to bother him to this day, his answer was quick and easy.
“Itong si (Floyd) Mayweather,” said Pacquiao in an interview at Erwin Tulfo Live over Radyo Pilipinas.
Billed as the Fight of the Century, the fight didn’t live up to the hype as Mayweather, as he usually did in his previous fights, didn’t engage, while Pacquiao, citing shoulder injury, lacked the usual grit and power in his attacks.
The American won by unanimous decision to pick up all the world title belts at staked—the World Boxing Organization, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Council and The Ring super welterweight titles.
The result of the fight became a hot debate among boxing aficionados.
Pacquiao said he couldn’t believe that Mayweather won their bout despite his constant attacks. He knew that he connected more than he was hit.
“Nanalo lang nang takbo lang nang takbo. Paanong magaling ‘yun na takbo lang nang takbo,” asked 39-year-old Pacquiao, who is still being lined up for one more fight by his promoter Bob Arum in April.
But it’s definitely not an undercard to the reported tiff between Australian Jeff Horn and American Terrence Crawford.
Horn was the last boxer to defeat Pacquiao via a controversial unanimous decision for the WBO welterweight title in July last year.
There were talks of a rematch, but Pacquiao pulled out.