Manny Pacquiao is not only a highly likeable fighter, but a charismatic and charitable figure who you can’t help but be drawn in by. Although that status may well have waned somewhat over the last few days.
Since losing for the sixth time in his career against a masterful Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night, the only thing that has emanated from Pacquiao and his camp were negative vibes about a shoulder injury that stopped him performing at his highest level.
Forgive me if I am wrong, but all this furore is detracting from a superbly executed victory and must have Mayweather seething as his catches up with the post-fight media stories that he wanted to have an air of ‘he told us so’ about them.
Floyd was clearly content with his career achievements as he addressed journalists on the back of his unanimous win at the MGM Grand, but the American now faces undue question marks from pro-Pacquiao supporters.
Whether Pacquiao and his team are using the injury to lobby for a rematch seems meaningless at the moment as the demand for it is just not there from the majority of the boxing world. All these negative reports are serving to achieve is to take some shine of Mayweather’s career defining win and for me that is bordering on the unforgivable.
Bob Arum, Michael Koncz and Freddie Roach may have been better served showing a little class by fully congratulating Mayweather on his great win at the press conference following the twelve round bout, instead though, all that was mentioned for the duration was the ailment.
The record books will forever show a Mayweather triumph, but the manner of that victory is now under scrutiny. Realistically, the ‘Money’ man would have pulled off a similar win to what everybody witnessed in Las Vegas – even if Pacquiao would have been at his so-called full strength and firing on all cylinders.
Having more use of his shoulder wouldn’t necessarily have meant the fight would have been any closer or taken a different pattern, as Mayweather had Pacquiao all figured out from round one and there would simply have been nothing ‘Pacman’ could have done to reverse it.
The fact is that Mayweather is just too good for his generation and to not get full credit for beating Pacquiao so convincingly would be a travesty.
Dwelling on the injury reports would only serve to put a dampener on the highest grossing fight in boxing history and it should be remembered for Mayweather’s awesomeness, rather than Pacquiao’s poorly-timed hard luck story.