LAS VEGAS - Ultimate Fighting Championship (ufc) President Dana White is disappointed to see Manny Pacquiao lose to Floyd Mayweather but believes the decision was accurate.
“Yeah I think he (Pacquiao) really lost the fight. In my heart, I wanted Manny to win,” said White. “But in my head, I thought Floyd is going to win, exactly what I thought it to be."
White stressed that Mayweather’s dominance in the latter part of the fight when Pacquiao’s punches couldn't find the elusive fighter turned the fight against the Filipino ring hero.
“The fight became lopsided (for Mayweather) at the end. Manny’s flurries, he threw a lot of flurries, but a lot of punches didn’t land. I expected Manny to throw more punches, but he came in to box him (Mayweather),” he said.
“Manny was fast but he only landed 80 punches. I expected him to go after Floyd more than he did especially (like the one he did) in the final seconds,” said White.
White even emphasized the lost opportunity for boxing with the loss of Pacquiao.
“If Manny Pacquiao won tonight. It would have really been good for boxing,” said the architect of mixed martial arts' phenomenal rise to prominence.
The outspoken UFC big boss, however, believes Pacquiao is no longer the devastating fighter he was a few years ago.
“If this fight happens five years ago, Manny lands a lot of punches and hard punches. I think Manny was a different fighter five years ago than he is now,” said White.
“This fight had to happen. It happened. They both made a lot of money. It is what it is,” he added.
Asked if a rematch should come as a priority, White shook his head.
“No, no. Do you want to see the rematch? I think there’s people out there that do. I think there’s a lot of people out there that don’t,” he said, shaking his head.
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