Days after he offered a rematch to Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr retracted his declaration and instead resorted to name-calling, branding his opponent a “coward” and “sore loser”.
In a report by ESPN posted on its website on Friday, May 8, Mayweather told Showtime host Jim Gray that Pacquiao made “excuses, excuses, and excuses” when he declared that he was not able to give his optimum performance due to a right shoulder injury.
Mayweather told ESPN reporter Stephen Smith on May 6 (Philippine time) that he would fight Pacquiao again next year when the Filipino boxer would have recovered from a rotator cuff operation.
But in the interview with Gray, which will air on May 10 (Philippine time), Mayweather seemed to have changed his mind and minced no words in berating Pacquiao.
“Did I text Stephen Smith and say I will fight him [Pacquiao] again? Yeah, but I change my mind,” Mayweather said.
“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'”, Mayweather added in the interview with Gray.
Mayweather, who holds a 48-0 career mark, said he “lost a lot of respect” for Pacquiao.
Responding to Pacquiao’s shoulder injury, Mayweather said: “I’m not going to buy into the bullsh–, and I don’t want the public into the bullsh–. He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this,” he said.
Pacquiao lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision on May 2 (May 3 in the Philippines), but his loss was not widely accepted by boxing fans.
The audience at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas booed when Mayweather was declared the winner.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, said he only gave his 60 percent during the fight, pointing to an injured shoulder that limited his jabs and punches.
He has undergone surgery on May 7 (Philippine time) in Los Angeles, while facing several class suits filed by viewers over his non-disclosure of the injury.