On Saturday, the world could watch the expected boxing match of Floyd Mayweather and Filipino Manny Pacquiao, and since the American is now the owner of a record of 48 to 0 who was earn by a unanimous decision tons of news, analysis and critics surround the event. Now, a new theory of why Pacquiao lost the fight has appeared in the media.
The Filipino boxer said that he had a shoulder injury holding up his performance against Mayweather, leading him to receive a first-ever defeat.
According to Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, the boxer who is a 2-1 underdog that is entering into the welterweight endure an injury that he got during a sparring session through the entire match known as the “Fight of the Century” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
During an interview with reporters, eight-division world champion Pacquiao said that, “in the third round, I felt pain in the shoulder”.
Pacquiao, who dropped to 57-6-2, explained that, “we didn’t throw a lot of combinations because it hurt.”
“The thing is, what we wanted to do we could not do because of my (right) shoulder,” said Pacquiao.
According to Roach, during the sparring session with another boxer, Filipino’s arms got entangled.
Though Pacquiao had a good progress and felt that he could have a good performance in the ring an MRI exam showed that a tear in Pacquiao southpaw’s right shoulder.
“You guys saw the fight yourself. When you review the film, you’ll see how infrequently he threw the right,” said Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter.
During a 12-round four-title unification boxing match, Pacquiao landed 81-of-429 as his maximum, his fighting style was neutralized against Mayweather’s defense, who connected 148-of-435.
It is known that Pacquiao’s fighting style is usually based on a lightning-fast hand accompanied with foot speed, “he was moving around too much,” said Pacquiao. “It wasn’t easy throwing punches at him. If he would have stayed in one place, then I could have thrown punches”.
“I was cutting him off and countering. I wanted to fight. I was very surprised at the score. I had no problem handling his power. I thought I was up in the fight, so that’s why I didn’t attack harder in the 11th and 12th rounds,” Pacquiao added.
Roach and Pacquiao thought they had done everything they could to win the fight.
“I thought we pulled it out,” said Pacquiao’s trainer. “We pressed the action. I asked Manny for more combinations between the round. I thought he fought flat-footed too many times”.
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