...but says Pacquiao was also not impressive
MANILA, Philippines – A relative of unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao was robbed of victory against American fighter Timothy Bradley Jr. last Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).
Jeff Mayweather, one of Floyd Jr.'s uncles, told Examiner that the decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley bout was "highway robbery."
Bradley fulfilled his pre-fight promise to "shock the world" when he defeated Pacquiao via split decision (113-115, 115-113 and 115-113), but the result was highly controversial as majority of boxing scribes and fans felt Pacquiao easily won the bout.
"I actually thought that Pacquiao won at least ten out of twelve rounds," Jeff said. "It was hard to give Tim Bradley even two rounds."
He added that he gave Bradley a couple of the “feeling out rounds” as well as the tenth, "but other than that, he was losing."
"(Bradley) did have a good jab. I think Pacquiao is very easy to hit with a jab. That was the only punch he had that was effective," Jeff said.
Even though he believed Bradley lost, Jeff still gave the unbeaten boxer credit: "He still had some balls. He stood in there and tried to swap with Pacquiao even though he's not a puncher," he said.
"It wasn't a completely bad performance. It’s just that he was overmatched, that's all," Jeff added.
Still, Jeff was not very impressed with Pacquiao’s performance, even though the Filipino slugger was in control of the fight all throughout, landed numerous crushing straight lefts to Bradley, and shrugged off the challenger's punches easily.
"He didn't impress me, either. He was dominant, so in that sense, he was impressive. But his technique was still wild," Jeff said.
"He was still throwing wild punches. It wasn't like the Pacquiao of old, so in that sense, I wasn't impressed...I once was impressed by him," he added.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum has requested the Attorney General of Nevada to investigate the circumstances surrounding the scoring of the bout.