Reporter hit for 'disrespectful' interview with Pacquiao


Posted at May 03 2015 04:47 PM | Updated as of May 04 2015 02:15 AM

MANILA - When Manny Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview that he thought he won against Floyd Mayweather Jr., HBO reporter Max Kellerman seemed surprised.

Moments after the judges handed Mayweather his 48th win, Kellerman asked the Filipino: "You thought you won the fight? Why?"

Max Kellerman is a boxing commentator for HBO and a radio sports show host. Photo taken from SportsNation Facebook page

"He didn't do nothing," Pacquiao replied.

"He was always moving outside. It's not easy to throw punches if he's moving around. But if he stays, then I can throw punches," he explained to Kellerman, who is also one of the hosts of ESPN's radio show SportsNation.

The 41-year-old Kellerman insisted, however, that he felt that Mayweather deservedly won the fight, which he repeated hours later on his official Twitter account.

"The fight was competitive during some stretches, but ultimately not close. I had it 9-3," Kellerman wrote.

He also took to the social media site to address the criticisms he received from netizens, who thought that his line of questioning was "disrespectful" and "opinionated."