Floyd's uncle blames Pacquiao for failure to make rematch
of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s uncles blamed Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao for the two camps' failure to come to terms for a rematch.
Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao to win the "Fight of the Century" last May 2015, in what eventually became the richest fight in the history of the sport though it was far from well-received by boxing fans.
Pacquiao later revealed that he fought with an injured right shoulder that required surgery days after the fight, and has since insisted that he remains open for a rematch. Mayweather initially seemed willing to offer Pacquiao a rematch, but subsequently changed his mind, instead calling the "Pacman" a sore loser who repeatedly made excuses for his defeat.
Talks of a rematch surface from time to time, and rumors spread once more when the now-retired Mayweather attended Pacquiao's fight against Jessie Vargas last November in Las Vegas.
However, Jeff Mayweather, an uncle of the American boxer, said there is very little chance of the rematch ever taking place.
"The Pacquiao fight is not going to happen," Jeff told Robert Brown of On the Ropes Boxing Radio in his characteristically blunt manner.
The reason? "Because Pacquiao wasn't man enough to just admit that he lost, without making up some bogus excuse," said Jeff Mayweather, who like his nephew refused to buy into Pacquiao's claim that he was injured.
"Uncle Jeff" also shot down the possibility of a match between Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor. The two prizefighters have been taking shots at each other repeatedly on social media, but Jeff said this is all just for show.
"Floyd was just toying with the media," Jeff said of the McGregor fight.
"Floyd would get prosecuted for fighting Conor McGregor," he said. "It would be a fight that's so easy, it would be ridiculous."
Like his nephew, Jeff believes that McGregor is simply trying to make money off the famous boxer's name. "He wants to get paid, just like every other fighter that mentions Floyd's name," Jeff explained.
"Every fighter that mentions Floyd – it wasn't about beating Floyd. It was about the payday," he stressed.
"I don't think it was ever serious," he added. "I think they took the bait – hook, line, and sinker. They tried to build the UFC off of Floyd's name."
Fighting McGregor in a boxing match will be too easy for his nephew, added Jeff.
"People cried about Floyd fighting Andre Berto, who is a two-time world champion, and he (Mayweather) played with him," Jeff pointed out.
"Now you're talking about a guy who hasn't had an amateur fight in 20 years. What chance does he have with any fighter?" - abscbn
KRay Parks. Jr. stuffed the stat sheet anew, both James Hughes and Sampson Carter wasted no time in delivering what they promised, and the Filipinos handled the hometown-backed Truth all right, 86-77, on Sunday in Taiwan.
The convincing victory lifted Alab back onto the winner’s circle now at 3-2. They still stand third behind Singapore and Hong Kong.
All of the Philippines’ three wins have come at the expense of the Taiwanese.
And this one pretty much looked like the two that came before it. Parks piloted Alab to a strong 9-2 start before Derek Hall rallied Kaohsiung to only 17-22 at the end of the opening salvo.
To start the second,
rookie Mac Belo struggled in the worst game of his young PBA career last Friday, as he was held to a careerlow four points by the San Miguel Beermen in what turned out to be a 93-118 loss for the Elite.
Belo took only five field goals – his lowest so far in the 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup – and made only one of them. He did have seven rebounds, but also committed four of Blackwater's 22 turnovers, which helped the Beermen score 25 easy points.
"Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nito – kailangan pa namin mag-improve as a team, and individually," Belo said after the l oss.
"Mahirap din sa part ko, na binibigyan ako ng iba't ibang defense," he added. "So para sa sarili ko, marami pa akong kailangan i-improve." the Filipinos rang off seven unanswered points that re-established a 2917 advantage.
The lead would stay in double-digits until Hall, along with fellow import Cedric Oliver, willed the Truth to 7781 with under 90 ticks to go. Parks had the answer for Alab, however, and his slash and dish for a Jeric Fortuna triple put the game away for good.
The Filipino-American wound up with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists and was backstopped by versatile forward Carter, who had 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists of his own.
Both of the Philippines’new imports were instant successes in replacing Korean brothers Lee and Dong Seung Jun as 6-foot-11 tower
It was Blackwater's second consecutive defeat, following a shock Christmas Day loss to Mahindra where they squandered a fourthquarter lead and lost, 93-97, in overtime.
Belo struggled to explain the loss to the Floodbuster, but said after the defeat to San Miguel that it was a learning experience for hi m.
"Sa team ng San Miguel, sobrang matured na sila lahat talaga," said Belo. "Alam naman natin na champion team talaga sila."
"So marami akong natutunan. Hindi sila nagmamadali, kung kailan sila aatake, may pinupuntahan pa sila sa post," he added. "Grabe yung pagiging mature nila pagdating sa laro."
Meanwhile, San Miguel's Arwind Santos called on Blackwater to maximize the talents of their rookie. Ahead of Friday's game, Santos vowed not to back down when matched up against Belo, but afterwards had nothing but words of praise for the younger player.
"Parang 'di siya pinapasahan ng mga kasama niya eh," Santos said of Belo. "Parang mabibilang mo lang kung ilang beses siya pinasahan ng mga kakampi niya."
"Dapat, tingnan din nila 'yung, kasi sayang 'yung talent ng bata. Si Coach Leo (Isaac) ang makakapagdikta ng ganoon. More plays pa para kay Mac Belo," he sai d.
Blackwater dropped to 4-4 with Friday's loss, while San Miguel improved to 6-1 heading into Sunday's match-up against Ginebra.