Manny Pacquiao: ‘I thought I won the fight; he didn’t do anything’
Floyd Mayweather outdueled Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas.
But the way Pacquiao saw it, the three judges got the winner wrong.
"I thought I won the fight; he didn’t do anything," he said. "I got him many times with a lot of punches."
The ringside punch stats, though, told a different story. Those numbers had him landing 19 percent of his punches. Meanwhile, Mayweather, who threw six more total punches, connected on about 34 percent of his attempts.
That was largely because Pacquiao didn’t throw his right hand often. Promoter Bob Arum said Pacquiao injured his shoulder sometime after March 11.
Arum said Pacquiao’s camp thought he would be allowed an anti-inflammatory shot because he had gotten them during training and they had been approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. But he said paperwork filed with the commission didn’t check the injury box, and the five Nevada commissioners decided in Pacquiao’s dressing room that he would not be allowed to take it.
"The ruling made tonight affected the outcome of the fight," Arum said.
Still, Pacquiao thought he had won the bout, largely on the basis of a few left hands that seemed to shake Mayweather.
"I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing except move outside," Pacquiao said. "I got him many times; I saw the punches."
Sounds like unfinished business, no?
The Associated Press contributed to this report.