MANILA, Philippines – Boxing promoter Bob Arum considers his prized fighter Manny Pacquiao as a class act for putting up a positive attitude despite his controversial loss to Timothy Bradley.
“He was terrific, there was no whining on his part at all,” Arum said in Boxing Scene.
“He stated the obvious that he thought he won the fight, but also gave Bradley full credit for offering a great effort. I couldn’t have been prouder in the way Manny handled himself.”
Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown following a controversial split decision loss to Bradley over the weekend. Two of the judges favored Bradley with 115-113, while the other judge scored it 115-113 for Pacquiao.
The Filipino champion believes he won the fight.
“Talagang ang laban is one-sided,” he said in an earlier interview. “Ang paniniwala ko is unanimous decision, that’s what I really thought.”
Pacquiao added that Bradley never hurt him during their 12-round encounter. “Mas nahirapan pa ko sa mga ka-sparring ko,” he said.
He, however, accepted his loss. “Tangapin na lang natin ng buong puso. Hindi naman mababago ang desisyon,” Pacquiao said.