SHORTLY after the loss to Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao had aired suspicions that the unbeaten American boxer had inside information on the Filipino fighter’s training camp and may have known about the shoulder injury the Filipino ring hero sustained during training camp.
Well, he is right.
Although he didn’t categorically state that he knew about the injury, Mayweather said in an wid-ranging interview with website Fighthype.com that he knew everything that happened in the Filipino boxing star’s training camp before their May 3 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“Everything Manny Pacquiao did in his camp every day, I knew,” said Mayweather, who pounded out a one-sided but unimpressive unanimous decision win over Pacquiaio in their so-called 'Fight of the Century.'
“I knew when he boxed, I knew when he didn’t box. I knew how many round he boxed. I knew how he was looking. I know how many rounds he did in the heavy bag. I knew when his legs were cramping.
"I knew everything. I know about the MMA guy who is boxing,” he added, pointing to one of Pacquiao's sparring partners.
Pacquiao admitted after the loss that he hurt his shoulder during one sparring session three weeks before the fight, an injury that was aggravated during the fourth round of his fight against Mayweather.
A day following the fight, Pacquiao aired suspicions that 'leaks' in his training camp may have fed the Mayweather camp info about the injury since he felt Mayweather targeted his right shoulder by pulling his hand and raining blows at it.
“Anybody that I faced, I have known anything about you. It was the art of war. I have to be steps ahead of you,” Mayweather said.
Pacquiao bared he stopped sparring three weeks before the fight, with longtime trainer Freddie Roach sending home all his sparring partners to allow time to let the shoulder heal.