LAS VEGAS – A year after their highly-anticipated match, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are still at it.
Not in the boxing ring, though.
Pacquiao on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) refuted claims by Mayweather that his welterweight fight against Tim Bradley Jr. which he won via unanimous decision should have been declared a draw.
The 37-year-old Filipino hero twice knocked down the American from Palm Springs, California in a 12-round bout which all three judges scored 116-110 in favor of the Pacman.
“Hindi draw yun,” said Pacquiao about Mayweather’s take on the fight held at the MGM Grand.
Floyd Jr. was sighted at the lobby of the hotel shortly after the match, accompanied by a slew of wide-bodied bodyguards. It turned out he watched the match, presumably in one of the VIP rooms inside the MGM Grand Arena.
According to an ESPN report, Mayweather had a brief conversation with Bradley’s team just as the 32-year-old American was on his way to a routine post-fight check-up the hospital.
It was during their brief talk that the now-retired unbeaten champion (49-0, with 26 KOs) reportedly told Bradley that he thought the fight was a draw.
"Go home and watch the replay with the sound off,'' Mayweather was said to have told Bradley, according to the report.
Deep inside, Pacquiao knew he won the match fair and square.
“Drawing (yata),” he added about Floyd’s comment, drawing laughter from those around him inside his suit at the Mandalay Bay Delano.
Pacquiao and Mayweather fought in the most lucrative fight ever a year ago which Floyd Jr. won by unanimous decision. The Filipino later admitted he suffered an injury on his right shoulder during the course of the match.
He later underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff.