Despite saying he’d be willing to put off a planned September retirement to grant Manny Pacquiao a rematch next year, it looks like Floyd Mayweather has changed his mind.
The undefeated boxer says he won’t fight Manny again, because he’s “a coward.”
“Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he’s a sore loser and he’s a coward,” Mayweather told Showtime in an interview taped this week.
“If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter,'” he continued.
Mayweather won a unanimous decision in his anticipated megafight with Pacquiao last Saturday (May 2), which will go down in the history books as the richest in the sport ever, and likely, one of the most disappointing.
After the fight, Pac-Man revealed that he had fought through a right shoulder injury, later revealed as a torn shoulder cuff. He had to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder, sidelining him for nine months to a year.
Mayweather, who planned to fight again in September in the final bout of his career, told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith he would fight Pacquiao in a rematch next spring once he had healed. However, it seems he’s annoyed that Pacquiao and his team have blamed the loss on the shoulder injury, rather than give Mayweather credit for his performance.
“I’m not going to buy into the bullsh*t … and I don’t want the public to buy into the bullsh*t,” Mayweather said. “He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”
After the fight, Mayweather said that Pacquiao was just making excuses. He also said his shoulders and hands were hurt going into the fight as well, but he didn’t make excuses… and found a way to win.