MANILA, Philippines – A sports analyst claimed Floyd Mayweather Jr. was merely distorting his arguments to put the blame on Manny Pacquiao for their failed talks.
ESPN’s Tim Keown said Mayweather used a “preemptive strike” to make it look that Pacquiao was ducking him.
“He has exhausted his arsenal of excuses for not fighting Pacquiao, so he's decided to twist the argument to blame Manny,” Keown said in his commentary.
Keown was referring to Mayweather’s tweet wherein the undefeated boxer announced he will fight Cotto and called Pacquiao “Miss Pac Man.”
“Floyd's move is a classic preemptive strike. It's also the kind of thing you hear near the third-grade hoop at recess,” said ESPN’s analyst.
“Mayweather is so transparent it's laughable,” he added.
He said that the back-and-forth between Pacquiao and Mayweather is a clear sign that the sport of boxing is in trouble.
“Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have engaged in a schoolyard-level squabble that seems like it's lasted a couple of decades,” said Keown. “Their back-and-forth is the only thing propping up boxing right now.”
Pacquiao and Mayweather were near to closing their deal for a supposed super fight when they had a phone conversation late in January.
The American boxer offered to give Pacquiao a $40-million guarantee, but the Filipino turned down the offer and suggested a 50-50 split instead.
When Pacquiao refused to give in, Mayweather decided to face Miguel Cotto for a May 5 bout.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, has decided to face Timothy Bradley. They are now finalizing the details of the fight, which could take place on June 9.