Earlier, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith revealed a text message from Floyd Mayweather offering a rematch against Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer recovers from his shoulder injury. However, in his latest interview with Showtime, Mayweather is taking back his offer, saying that Pacquiao should just accept his loss.
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Mayweather, infamous for his outspoken attitude, didn’t hold back with his statements about his opponent, Pacquiao. He claimed that the Filipino boxer is just using his shoulder injury as an excuse and that the said injury did not affect his performance in the ring at all.
During the interview, Mayweather recalled, “He was fast. His left hand was fast. His right hand was fast and he was throwing them both fast and strong.”
“He lost,” Mayweather told Showtime. “He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”
He also confirmed that he indeed send the text message to Smith offering a rematch, but he said he is now changing his mind. He related, “At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward. If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’ ”
Although he is refusing a rematch, Mayweather has suggested that it would be beneficial for Pacquiao to fight in an undercard match in his future events. In a separate interview, Mayweather shared that this idea would create less aggravation than a rematch.
Mayweather said, “We could fight on pay-per-view on a doubleheader. I think we both can make some good money. He can fight somebody solid, I can fight somebody solid.”
With a rematch off the table, Mayweather is looking forward to fight against Amir Khan. Fresh after the Fight of the Century, Mayweather’s manager reached out to Khan offering a possible match on September this year.
Khan is set to fight Chris Algieri on May 29 and according to him, he is not going to fight Mayweather until he wins his match with Algieri.
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“I’m not looking past Chris because I’ve made that mistake in the past. There are bigger fight[s] out there for me, but this is my focus,” Khan said. He also revealed that he was also invited to fight Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is beating all odds as he promotes a rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao. He admitted that he has been having problems with Mayweather’s camp but nonetheless, he is still pursuing another fight.
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