Manny Pacquiao retired, became a senator in the Philippines, and decided to come out of retirement. But until know, the Filipino boxing icon is still insisting that he won against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their super fight in 2015.
Pacquiao, who owns a 58-6-2 record with 38 knockout victories, took a unanimous decision loss to Mayweather in May 2015. The showdown eventually became the richest bout in boxing history.
However, Pacquiao still believes he won against his biggest rival last year. The 37-year-old boxing superstar said that his number of punches is enough to prove he defeated Mayweather. While he respects the decision of the judges, the former pound-for-pound king said that he should have been awarded the victory that year.
Manny Pacquiao Calls For Rematch With Mayweather?
“I threw a lot more punches than him and I thought I did more than he did,” Pacquiao said on Fox Sports’ Undisputed via BoxingScene. “But like I said, I know how to accept loss and I respect the decision of the judges. In my heart if you ask me, of course I still believe I won the fight.”
Pacquiao is still aching to get a rematch with Mayweather, but the latter appears unwilling to give his rival another shot. The unbeaten boxing superstar retired in September last year and has insisted that he is not planning to return.
Meanwhile, Fight Saga also reported that there is a strong chance Pacquiao will get a chance to avenge his defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez next year.
Marquez’s strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia said that he talked to Freddie Roach about the possibility of staging the fifth showdown between the two boxing superstars. And Roach said that they will take the fight in an instant.
“He started to get really excited about it because he still wants the fight,” Heredia said of Roach. “He told me that Manny would take that fight in a minute. He would take it right away.”
But before thinking of facing Mayweather or Marquez, Pacquiao needs to win in his next fight. The former eight-division world champion will face Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.