Mayweather U-turn over rematch with 'sore loser' Pacquiao
Two days after saying he would be open to a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather did a U-turn yesterday, describing the Filipino as "a sore loser" and a "coward".
In an interview with Showtime, Mayweather expressed his disgust that Pacquiao had blamed an injured right shoulder for his defeat by the American in the so-called 'Fight of the Century' in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao, the former eight-division world champion, lost a unanimous decision to Mayweather last Sunday before undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder four days later.
"I'm not going to buy into the bulls**t and I don't want the public to buy into the bulls**t," Mayweather said.
"He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this."
Mayweather admitted he had said he would offer Pacquiao a rematch but added: "I changed my mind. At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward. If you lost, accept the loss."
Asked if he had noticed Pacquiao being hampered by his shoulder during their 12-round welterweight fight, Mayweather replied: "Absolutely not. He was fast.
"His left hand was fast. His right hand was fast and he was throwing them both fast and strong. Excuses, excuses."
Barely an hour after the contest, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said the 36-year-old southpaw had been troubled by a previous injury to his shoulder.
"You guys saw the fight yourself. When you review the film, you'll see how infrequently he threw the right," Arum insisted.
An MRI scan in Los Angeles on Monday confirmed that Pacquiao had a torn rotator cuff and on Wednesday he had surgery.