American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. was unimpressed with the welterweight title bout between Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and former champion Timothy Bradley Jr., saying both men “fought like amateurs.”
During a media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, the unbeaten boxer revealed that he watched a full Pacquiao fight for the first time since November 2009, and was not at all pleased with how the “Pacman” performed.
“I haven’t seen Pacquiao fight in years. I hadn’t seen Pacquiao fight since he fought Miguel Cotto,” said Mayweather, as quoted by RingTV. “Congratulations to him, I thought that he was the better man.”
But that was the only compliment that Mayweather would give Pacquiao, as he went on to rip the two fighters’ performance.
“Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was throwing a lot of shots like an amateur. I think he was making a lot of mistakes,” said Mayweather. “He was very, very fatigued early on. I think he was making a lot of mistakes and fighting like an amateur.”
“I think both fighters fought like amateurs. I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur, also,” he added. “I wasn’t pleased with his performance.”
Pacquiao had won the 12-round rematch via unanimous decision, avenging his controversial June 2012 loss to Bradley and regaining his WBO welterweight title.
Mayweather said Pacquiao “got the victory the best way he knows how,” but the Filipino’s win was not enough to entice him into making a mega-fight.
“I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao, but still, that don’t make me say I’m going to go out there and fight him, because he’s with (Top Rank’s) Bob Arum, and I’m with Mayweather Promotions,” he said.
As for Bradley, Mayweather said it might be time for the erstwhile undefeated boxer to make some changes.
“Whoever he’s working out with, they have to make a lot of changes because he’s lifting too many weights,” Mayweather observed.
“He’s more worried about how he looks on the scale than how he performs inside that ring,” he added.