Manny Pacquiao Hits Out at Floyd Mayweather Over Timothy Bradley 'Draw' Verdict

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2016

Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, speaks during a news conference following his welterweight title boxing match against Timothy Bradley Saturday April 9, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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Manny Pacquiao believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a "problem" with his mind after the American reportedly scored Pac-Man's unanimous-decision victory over Timothy Bradley Jr. on Saturday as a draw. 

The now-retired Mayweather reportedly felt the pro-Manny crowd unfairly influenced the judges—who all called the fight 116-110 in Pacquiao's favour—and he told Bradley after the fight that a draw would have been a fair result, per ESPN.com's Wallace Matthews.

Money was in the minority, as Pacquiao scored two knockdowns in a fluid performance, and the 37-year-old Filipino himself slammed Mayweather's assessment of the clash, per 24 Oras (via Boxing Scene's Carlos Boogs): "If that is his opinion, it is right for him to retire. It seems there is really a problem [with his mental state]."

Even Bradley seemed to have no issue with the result and hailed Pacquiao's performance after the fight, per Top Rank Boxing:

Top Rank Boxing @trboxing

"He's the best fighter I've ever faced. Manny was always in the right spots." - @Timbradleyjr

It was Pac-Man's first bout since his disappointing unanimous-decision defeat to Mayweather in Las Vegas last May.

And it was potentially his last, as he confirmed after the fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena that he is now retiring to pursue his political career in the Philippines, per the Guardian's Bryan Armen Graham

But he did seem to leave the door open to the possibility of making a comeback, per ESPN.com's Dan Rafael:

Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn

Manny asked if he will never fight again: 'My heart is 50-50 (about fighting again). Right now my decision is to retire. #PacBradley #boxing

Saturday's victory was his second over Bradley in three meetings with Desert Storm.

The first fight in 2012 ended in a controversial split-decision victory for the American, but the 2014 rematch saw Pacquiao claim an emphatic win—see highlights of the second fight below:

Bradley looked good in his recent fights and, with Pacquiao having undergone shoulder surgery since the Mayweather clash, was tipped by some to win the deciding encounter of the trilogy.

But Pacquiao looked almost back to his best in his defeat of the 32-year-old, and HBO Boxing's Jim Lampley bemoaned the fact he is now hanging up his gloves:

HBOboxing @HBOboxing

"When @mannypacquiao fights this well, how can it be his last fight?" - Jim Lampley #PacBradley

If it is to be his final fight, the eight-division champion bowed out in style with a fine performance, and Mayweather's assessment of the clash is unlikely to have any impact on him.


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