We have practically read and heard all there is to be processed in our minds about what happened and all points out that Manny just did not live up to the expectations of his followers and supporters.
Yes, every Filipino wanted the Pacman to gobble up the arrogant Mayweather, and gobble him up badly too, and it showed that he could, the way he trained and the way he carried himself, with all that calmness and confidence.
Yet, the encounter that was dubbed the ‘Battle for Greatness’ did not live up to the hype as Pacquiao was beaten, to the dismay of many Filipino fans.
Now Pacquiao is claiming ‘sabotage’ by the Nevada Athletic Commission for his unfortunate defeat.
Was he really or did he purposely gamble by putting himself in peril knowing that he had a delicate shoulder injury?
Even if Pacquiao was given a numbing injection during the fight, still it wasn’t a guarantee that he could have beaten Mayweather.
Why? It is simply because the injury, as serious as it has been found out, could have worsen with the numbness doing more harm than good by using the right arm forcefully in trying to stop Mayweather.
As intelligent a boxer that Mayweather is, and with his fast hands, there was just no way that Pacquiao could have beaten him, especially with the Filipino having a shoulder injury that rendered him less effective even at earning points, but much less by putting the American down.
Even at the outset, many were already predicting that the only way Pacquiao could win convincingly over Mayweather is if the Filipino will stop him in his tracks.
Let us stop accusing Mayweather of running and hugging and whatever tricks he applied against Pacquiao for exacting victory. That was the strategy he had to employ against a fighter like Pacquiao and he did it effectively.
There is no doubt that Pacquiao fought valiantly, but with one of his lethal weapons incapacitated to inflict damage, victory for Pacquiao was remote.
Fighting Mayweather is the ultimate in Pacquiao’s boxing career. It was his crowning glory. As such, he should have thought it wisely that he should be in the greatest shape of his boxing career. Either he underestimated Mayweather’s skill or he overestimated his capabilities.
After all, Mayweather has been right all the time in describing Pacquiao as a reckless fighter.
In truth, it was not sabotage, but recklessness that contributed to Pacquiao’s unfortunate defeat.