Pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. has dismissed rival Manny Pacquiao’s recent redemption performance against Timothy Bradley as two-weight world champion gears up to face Marcos Maidana on May 3.
The 37 year-old, who has been linked to a fight with Pacquiao for what seems like an eternity, admitted at his recent media day that did take time out to watch the Bradley rematch, but was far from impressed with what he saw.
“Actually, I did watch the fight,” confirmed Mayweather, whose PPV bout with Maidana will be a welterweight unification at the MGM Grand.
“You know, I haven’t seen Pacquiao fight in years. I’ve seen highlights, but I haven’t seen Pacquiao fight since he fought Miguel Cotto. I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur and I wasn’t pleased with his performance. He got the victory the best way he knew how. I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao.”
Mayweather is of the belief that the eight-weight world title holder is well and truly past his best at 35, and noted the departure of fitness coach Alex Ariza as a big reason for Pacquiao struggling to score knockouts in recent fights.
“I noticed since Ariza is not with Pacquiao, a total change in Pacquiao’s power,” he said. “I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots, the same snap and I think he is getting tired.”
Pacquiao has already been linked to a fifth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez if the Mexican comes through Mike Alvarado next month as a potential big-money clash with Mayweather sails off further into the distance.
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