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Floyd Mayweather: "Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley fought like amateurs"

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On Saturday, April 12th, Manny Pacquiao delighted his strong global fan base with a crowd pleasing performance against one of the most respected pound for pound fighters in boxing, Timothy Bradley. The Pacman regained the WBO Welterweight title by decisively out pointing the formerly undefeated fighter, while showing the entire fight community that the he could win at the elite level by showcasing his ability to box proficiently.

Despite receiving much acknowledgement from most fight scribes and ringside experts for his dominant showing against the previously unbeaten fighter, the best pound for pound fighter in the world wasn't too impressed with either fighter's performance on April 12th.

"You know, I hadn't seen Pacquiao fight in years," claims Floyd Mayweather Jr.

"I've seen highlights, but I haven't seen Pacquiao since before Miguel Cotto. But I actually did watch his last fight with Tim Bradley, and I thought that he deserved congratulations. He was the better man."

"But as far as Bradley, whoever he's working out with, they have to make a lot of changes because he's lifting too many weights. I think he's more worried about how he looks when he get on the scale instead of how he performs inside that ring. I thought that Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was pulling a lot of shots like an amateur."

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"I think he was making a lot of mistakes and he was very fatigued early on. I think that he was making a lot of mistakes, falling off balance and fighting like an amateur."

"I think both fighters fought like amateurs. I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn't pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn't pleased with his performance and I'm seeing something totally different in Pacquiao."

The technically gifted fighter claims that Manny Pacquiao hasn't been the same since his former conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, left Team Pacquiao and began working with Robert Garcia's stable of fighters at the Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California.

"I just don't see the same pop in Pacquiao's shots," states the pound for pound king of boxing. "Once again, I'm not saying that this guy is doing anything, but I don't see the same snap in his shots. He's getting tired when he wasn't getting tired before. I'm seeing something totally different...whereas me, I'm still sharp, I'm still smart, and I'm not getting fatigued."

"I don't know if you guys see it, but that's what I see."

Now that the world renowned conditioning expert is working with his next opponent, Marcos Maidana, is Floyd concerned about "El Chino's" power?

"Well, Maidana punches extremely hard if he has an 80 percent knockout ratio. That's obviously his best attribute. But a lot of times when a guy's swinging a lot of big shots and they're not landing, you get fatigued like that."

"Although I'm sure Maidana punches hard, I may be the hardest puncher that he's ever fought. He hasn't been hit by me yet, so we'll just have to see if he's the harder puncher in the ring on May 3rd."


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