MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. is convinced there is corruption in boxing after watching Filipino icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao lose via a controversial split decision to unbeaten American Timothy Bradley Jr. last June 9 at the MGM Grand.
“I think there is a lot of corruption going on behind it, there is corruption anyway,” Floyd Sr. told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
Following the fight, Floyd Sr. told many reporters that he believed Pacquiao was the winner.
“I thought Pacquiao edged him out,” he said. “I don’t think it was no gigantic gap, but I did think that Pacquiao pulled it off.”
He admitted that he was surprised that Bradley got the decision.
“I thought it was a close fight, but I thought Pacquiao edged it out. So I definitely thought that Pacquiao was going to get the fight, no question in my mind. I was surprised!” Floyd Sr. said.
But he insisted that this was not the only fight that showed corruption in boxing.
“Look at the fight that Pacquiao just fought with (Juan Manuel) Marquez the fight before this fight,” Floyd Sr. said, referring to Pacquiao’s controversial victory against Marquez last November.
“He clearly got his a** whopped, and nothing was said about it, now all of a sudden, it’s a big deal now that he got a bad decision!” Floyd Sr. said.
“Everybody has got a bad decision in boxing before! Now all of a sudden, because he is from the Philippines and he got a bad decision, now they are going to put the damn government in it,” he added.
The elder Mayweather is referring to the various investigations being launched regarding the bout. The Nevada State Attorney General’s office is investigating the circumstances regarding the scoring following a request by Top Rank boss Bob Arum, while the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the World Boxing Organization are also reviewing the tape.
United States Senator Harry Reid is also supporting an investigation into the bout.