Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather: Legend insists clear winner emergedWritten by Joseph Herron
Despite having to fulfill existing duties as a Philippines Senator, eight division world titlist Manny Pacquiao is currently training at the world renowned Elorde Boxing Gym for his November 5th clash with incumbent WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.
Although the Pacman wouldn't dare look past a scheduled opponent and a current world titlist, the future Hall of Famer has stated numerous times that he would like the opportunity to avenge his loss to Floyd Mayweather before he hangs up his gloves for good. In his heart of hearts, the proud Filipino genuinely believes he won their first and only meeting.
“I respect and honor the decision of the judges in the Mayweather fight. But if you ask me, I'll tell you frankly, in my heart, I still believe I won that fight," Manny Pacquiao stated to ESNews at last Thursday's press conference for the upcoming November fight. "That's in my heart."
After providing color commentary for this past weekend's Super Flyweight contest between Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras on HBO, former trainer for Jessie Vargas and all-time great prizefighter Roy Jones Jr. believes Manny should keep his personal thoughts on his fight with Money May a little closer to the vest.
"Everybody is entitled to his own opinion, so if that's how he feels, then that's how he feels," Roy recently told ESNews.
"But Manny Pacquiao can't argue that he beat Floyd Mayweather. If he wants to fight Mayweather again, he should just say that he wants to fight Mayweather again. But don't say that you beat him the first time, because you didn't."
Most unbiased observers would agree with Jones.
On May 2nd, 2015, the three judges at ringside, Dave Moretti, Burt Clements, and Glenn Feldman, scored the fight 118-110, 116-112, and 116-112 respectively, all in favor of the event's winner by unanimous decision, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
CompuBox punch-stats also provide a powerful argument in support of a Floyd Mayweather victory, which show a much higher connect percentage for the now retired Las Vegas, resident. In twelve rounds of action, Floyd Jr. connected with 148 total punches out of 435 attempts, for a 34% connect ratio. Pacquiao only found his mark 81 times out of 429 attempts, for a very uncharacteristic 19% connect rate.
Rather than engaging in a second contest with Money May, Jones would prefer to see Manny Pacquiao paired with a someone who would provide a seemingly more competitive affair.
"I'd much rather see him fight against someone like Crawford...someone who he's going to be competitive against," stated the 47 year old fighter/commentator to ESNews.
"I didn't really think his fight with Mayweather was even competitive. So I don't really care to see it again. But Manny makes a great fight with anybody, so to me it doesn't really matter. But I'd personally like to see him fight Crawford."
When asked who he thought was the current best of the Welterweight division, Jones was surprisingly resolute in his response.
"The toughest guy in the division right now is 'One Time' Keith Thurman," stated the former WBA Heavyweight champion. "They all have to get past him if they want to be the best at 147."