Floyd Mayweather Jr is now singing a different tune. He has tagged his May 2 “super fight” rival Manny Pacquiao as “sore loser” and a “coward,” while speaking to Jim Gray during an interview to be aired on SHOWTIME later on Saturday. He also clarified that he has changed his mind about a rematch.
“Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind,” said the world champion. “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 earlier revealed to ESPN’s Stephen Smith in a text message that he would consider a rematch with Pacquiao after winning unanimous decision on May 2 at the MGM Grand. After that, it was widely circulated that Pacquiao fought the bout with a torn rotator cuff on his shoulder, which left him single-armed in the ring.
The pound-for-pound king clearly isn’t happy with how the importance of his victory seems to be diminished due to reports of the Filipino fighter’s injury.
“Excuses, excuses, excuses,” the undefeated champion further clarified. “I’m not going to buy into the bull—-. and I don’t want the public to buy into the bull—-. He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”
Mayweather, with his unblemished 48-0 record, is now a single win away from Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 milestone.
Pacquiao could face disciplinary action – up to perjury charges – for concealing his injury in the pre-match questionnaire. The Filipino star has undergone a shoulder surgery on Wednesday and could be out of the ring for 9 to 12 months.