After 12-round war with undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao admitted that he was surprised at the outcome as he expected to win the megafight between two of this generation’s greatest fighters.
“It’s a good fight. I thought I won the fight. He didn’t do nothing,” Pacquiao said as he was interviewed in the ring.
“He always moved outside. I got him many times with solid punches. I believe I won the fight.”
Pacquiao was pressed during the interview on why he wasn’t able to fight his usual way in the contest. The official Compubox stats showed him connecting on only 81 of his 429 punches (19%) while Mayweather landed 148 of his 435 (34%).
“He’s moving around. It’s not easy to throw a lot of punches if he’s moving around. But if he stayed, I can throw a lot of punches.”
He added, though, that he was not bothered by Mayweather’s size and strength in this one.
“I can handle his power. He’s not strong like (Antonio) Margarito or other opponents like (Miguel) Cotto, like that.”
“He’s not bigger than me. It’s not the size. Size doesn’t matter. I’ve been fighting bigger than him. (No) problem.”