MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. was impressed with Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao’s victory over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, but the controversial trainer doesn’t think much of the Mexican-American fighter’s abilities.
“Pacquiao did fantastic. Pacquiao did everything he needed to do and everything he’s supposed to do he did it,” Mayweather told On the Ropes Boxing Radio.
Pacquiao, who was coming off two consecutive losses in 2012, fought Rios in late November and thoroughly dominated his younger opponent. He kept Rios off-balance for 12 rounds and was rarely hurt en route to a unanimous decision victory.
But while he was impressed by Pacquiao, Mayweather also pointed out that Rios is far from elite.
“I thought Brandon Rios, the way they were talking about him, I thought they had a real monster that was going to fight Pacquiao,” Mayweather said.
“That man can’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag, I’m telling you the truth,” he added.
Mayweather said Rios was far from the “monster” that he was built up to be, noting that “Bam Bam” lacked even the basic boxing skills.
“Pacquiao just fought somebody that don’t know how to fight. He fought a sub novice fighter – that’s what he just fought,” the trainer said.
“That guy can’t fight at all. He don’t even know what the hell a jab is. He don’t even begin to think about a hook. The man can’t fight,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather also criticized Rios for failing to back up his pre-fight trash talk.
“Rios is a cusser,” he said. “That’s all he is, a cusser. He ain’t no fighter. He’s a cusser. He does all that cussing and that ain’t nothing. You gotta show more than that. That cussing ain’t whooping nobody.”
The trainer said Pacquiao’s impressive performance against Rios showed that the Filipino can still fight at a high level.
But at the same time, he said it was also proof that the Filipino was no longer the Pacquiao of old, who blew away bigger and stronger opponents through his battery of punches.
“I think he (Pacquiao) did good,” Mayweather said. “I think he’s in the picture now, no question about that. I think he’s in the picture.”
“As far as somebody going the distance with him, that says something,” he said. “It says that he ain’t the Pacquiao of old, to know that a bum went the distance with him.”