LOS ANGELES – Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one hell of a champion whose claim to greatness will be judged through his accomplishments and not by his style.
That was the opinion shared by Gerry Penalosa, who said Mayweather’s kind of boxing may not be appealing to fight fans, but it gets the job done as reflected by his perfect 48-0 record.
Penalosa's pal Manny Pacquiao was the latest victim in 38-year-old Mayweather's list after he beat the Filipino southpaw by unanimous decision in their welterweight title unification match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Ayaw natin siya (Mayweather), pero talented talaga,” said Penalosa on Sunday. “Matalino talaga.”
Mayweather, a native of Grand Rapid, Michigan but now based in Las Vegas, has repeatedly been criticized for his boring fighting style which was again in full display during his showdown against Pacquiao.
Penalosa, a 42-year-old retired two-time world title holder, said survival is always a boxer’s first instinct, no matter if it is unattractive to majority of boxing fans.
“Hindi mo rin masisisi 'yun kung tumakbo. Kasama yun sa style and strategy,” said the native of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. “Kailangan niyang gawin 'yun, gusto niyang manalo, e.”
Admit it or not, Penalosa added fight fans are also interested in watching Mayweather – be it live or pay-per-view – as they are looking forward to either seeing the former US Olympian suffer his first career loss as a pro or get knocked out.
“Kahit naman noon boring na siya talaga. Kumbaga wala naman siyang pakialama sa mga tao,” said Penalosa, the former world flyweight and super-bantamweight champion.
“Ang sa sarili niya, kung gusto ninyo akong matalo o makitang bumagsak, manood kayo.”