In quite a turnaround, Mayweather called Pacquiao a “sore loser” and “coward” as he ruled out a second mega fight against the Filipino boxing champ.
“Did I text [ESPN’s] 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. … If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter.’” Mayweather said in an exclusive interview with Jim Gray which will air Saturday (US time).
“He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this,” he added.
The top American boxer maintained his flawless record after beating Pacman by unanimous decision last week during their much anticipated mega fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao had undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff – an injury which he allegedly did not declare before his duel with Mayweather and which served as basis for a class suit from upset fans.
The former eight-world title holder sustained the injury during a jetski accident in 2009. The injury recurred during his practice with his sparring mate.
Also named in the lawsuit are Mayweather, HBO and Showtime, cable providers AT&T, Comcast and DirecTV.