“Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind,” said Mayweather. “At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward… If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’”
Well, I’m not surprised about this change of heart of Mayweather regarding his earlier offer of a possible rematch with Pacquiao. History of Mayweather’s contradictory statement in the past conditions my mind. I know he would retract his statement for a possible rematch.
But this time, I think Mayweather has a valid point to change his mind, because Pacquiao is not the same Pacquiao who handled defeat versus Bradley. Pacquiao was gracious with his defeat against Bradley in their first encounter. In 2012 Pacquiao lost a controversial decision over Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao claimed he won the fight versus Mayweather and Bradley, which he actually lost in the judges’ scorecards. He had a strong case versus Bradley. Majority if not all boxing fans and the media members believed Pacquaio won. But against Mayweather, Pacquiao’s legion of fans believed he won but few members of the media believed so.
During the post-fight conference, Pacquiao disclosed that he suffered shoulder “injury” three weeks before the fight.
Although, he pointed out he’s not taking his injury as an excuse. “I did my best, but my best wasn’t good enough, says Pacquiao during the post-fight presscon.
But after the presscon, things happened differently.
The way Pacquiao handled his defeat put him on the media spotlight, instead of the media talking about how Mayweather brilliantly defeated the best offensive fighter. I think Mayweather did not like it.
But what if Pacquiao said, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter’, which is what Mayweather wanted, do you think we have a rematch?