URIJAH Faber surprisingly believes the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight was hardly a snooze-fest.
The American mixed martial artist on Thursday explained that fight fans were simply disappointed because they expected boxing’s so-called “Fight of the Century” to be as exciting as a mixed martial arts bout.
“I didn’t think the fight was boring at all,” said Faber, who battles compatriot Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC: Fight Night Manila on Saturday.
“I will admit that fans are very spoiled nowadays because mixed martial arts is such an exciting sport; there’s so many ways to win.”
“There’s a lot less to gain monetarily, but a lot more pride on the line, I feel, a lot of times,” the 36-year-old fighter added.
But Faber even went as far as saying that he “enjoyed” the fight that has been criticized for failing to live up to the hype as the counter-punching Mayweather negated Pacquiao’s aggression to score a unanimous decision win.
“I was impressed with both Manny and Floyd’s performance,” Faber said. “We saw two of the best guys in the history of the sport that are evenly matched go at it, so I enjoyed the fight myself.”
Faber, one of the most exciting fighters in his sport, having won 32 bouts with 19 coming by way of submission and seven by knockout, and only five by decision, is expected to stand toe to toe with another energetic fighter in Edgar in a featherweight bout that he promises will live up to expectations.