Holyfield: Pacquiao should have won vs Mayweather
FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield said that “People’s Champion” and Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao should have won the historic fight against American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In an interview with ESPN after the super fight, Holyfield said that Pacquiao landed more punches than Mayweather, contrary to the results from the scorecards.
“The fact of the matter is, you’re the more aggressive one, you hit him with the shots… Pacquiao seem to hit him (Mayweather) more times than he hit Pacquiao,” said the four-time heavyweight boxing champion.
When asked if Pacquiao should have won the super fight, Holyfield said: “I totally thought he did.”
“I actually thought Pacquiao was doing well. I don’t know how people scored the fight, I thought he was doing well,” he said.
Meanwhile, Holyfield said that Mayweather’s fighting style was not a crowd-pleaser but assured him of his victory.
“He got good footwork and fast hands. It’s not pleasing to the crowd but it tends to put him in the position to win,” he said.
When asked on his opinion on the fight, Holyfield said that both boxers did what they can to win.
“I don’t think it was a bad fight. I thought it was a great fight. Floyd did the way he fights. Manny did the way he fights. Both did the way they did to win the fight,” he said.
Despite saying that the fight was “great,” Holyfield does not want a rematch if Mayweather continues to run away from Pacquiao.
“Personally, if it’s going to be another style like that, I guess not. Not so much as Floyd, it was the fight style (that makes me not want a rematch),” he said.
Mayweather outboxed Pacquiao in Sunday’s fight touted as the “Fight of the Century.” The American boxer won via unanimous decision. AJH
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