If you’re Floyd Mayweather, you are in your rights to wonder why you would even consider granting Manny Pacquiao a rematch after the May 2 fight. While Mayweather didn’t knock Pacquiao out, the decision was clearly correct to award Mayweather the victory, as he landed more punches and did more damage. While Mayweather was initially open to offering Pacquiao a rematch early on, the way Pacquiao responded to his loss should have online betting fans wondering why Mayweather would bother in the first place.
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First, there’s the mystery of the shoulder. Pacquiao now says that he went into the fight with an injured shoulder, making this a potential excuse for his coming up short in the bout. If the shoulder were a real concern, then Pacquiao should have postponed the fight rather than taking on the challenge knowing that he was not physically prepared. That was a disservice to Mayweather, who now has to consider the effect of a major asterisk attached to his victory, as well as to all of the fans who ponied up to buy the fight through pay-per-view.
Then, there’s Pacquiao’s commentary after the fight. He keeps coming back and saying that he’s watched replays of the fight and scored himself winning seven rounds as opposed to just five for Mayweather. Even after Pacquiao released the information about his shoulder, Mayweather was willing to grant the rematch. After this, though, Mayweather has now started to call Pacquiao a “coward” and a “sore loser,” indicating that a rematch simply is not going to happen.
Finally, there’s the issue of the quality of the fight. If you go back and watch these two going at it, there’s none of the intensity that marks the great bouts of the past decades. There’s not that hunger on either side, and the great appeal of boxing, which comes when it’s so clear that both pugilists want to take off the head of the guy on the other side, never made its way into this bout. Both of these fighters were guaranteed millions of dollars, no matter what the outcome would be. So Floyd Mayweather just started playing defense, keeping Pacquiao from getting inside, and landing just enough punches to earn the decision. This isn’t why fans love boxing, watching both sides basically play defense. They want to see punchers going toe to toe and trying to knock each other out. That wasn’t what you got with Mayweather and Pacquiao, and boxing will suffer as a result. What would the point of a rematch even be at this point?
If Manny Pacquiao really wants another chance at the belt, he’s going to have to add some humility to his arsenal. He will have to come back out and speak publicly that he lost the fight – not that the judges took the fight away. If he can’t do this, then he won’t get the rematch. He will also likely have to get on the phone one-on-one with Mayweather and ask him for the rematch personally, rather than going through their agents. Mayweather is irritated now, and he doesn’t really have a reason to go back into the ring with Pacquiao. So long as Pacquiao keeps treating Mayweather like his equal in the ring, he won’t get what he wants. It will take some real genuflection on his part to get Mayweather to consider the rematch.
Of course, if the rematch does take place, it will be interesting to see how Mayweather responds. Will he be angry enough to go from his usual defensive stance to a more offense? If he does, and if Pacquiao responds in kind, we could have a real fight on our hands.