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Emil Guillermo: Mayweather changes mind on rematch with Pacquiao in Showtime interview, says, “We fight 100 times, I’ma win 100 times, Manny Pacquiao is just not a better fighter than me.” See clip of new interview.

Floyd Mayweather is taking back the offer of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao, saying earlier statements to ESPN were true, but he’s since changed his mind.

Mayweather’s new stance was revealed in an interview with Showtime to be cablecasted this weekend.

Mayweather calls Pacquiao a “coward” and said if Pacquaio was hurt he didn’t show it in the ring.

“His right hand was fast, and he was throwing them both (left and right) strong and fast,” Mayweather said to Showtime.

Mayweather said Pacquiao’s embarrassed. “He’s a beaten fighter,” Mayweather said of the Filipino champ. “Come on this is ridiculous…I won…We fight 100 times, I’ma win 100 times. Manny Pacquiao is, he’s not a better fighter than me.”

Pacquiao still faces scrutiny over his disclosure of his shoulder injury. AP is reporting Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Pacquaio filled out the form himself and understood the questions.

“It’s not just the fact he didn’t fill out the question completely, it was that he wasn’t honest and they didn’t tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury,” said Bennett to AP.

Pacquaio could be out 9-12 months recuperating from his injury. But he may be encumbered by legal issues resulting from the failed injury disclosure.

Mayweather may have decided it wasn’t worth toying with a rematch just yet.

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Emil Guillermo: NEW UPDATE–Pacquiao facing class action in U.S. for failing to disclose shoulder; Pacquiao to have surgery on shoulder, ESPN says. Mayweather wants a rematch with the man he calls a “motherpucker.” Just say no?

The shoulder injury of Manny Pacquiao now appears real according to ESPN. And Pacquaio  is said to be having surgery for a rotator cuff issue that would take up to a year to heal.

That means Pacquiao was a one armed man in the “Fight of the Century.”  And I still had him beating Mayweather.

Fortunately for Mayweather, I’m not a judge.

But Mayweather apparently does not want his 0 in 48-0, besmirched.

He must have a re-match!

 

I swore after Pac/Bradley I that I was done  with this stuff.  But apparently I couldn’t stay away.

But think about this scenario:

Mayweather fights for 49 in September and wins, takes time off, and comes back in a year for 50 against a healed-up Pacquiao, who will insist Mayweather fights in Asia, maybe in Manila for another “Thrilla.”

What do you think?  is it time for the “Rematch of the Century”?

You got an extra C-note for the PPV?

Mayweather here calls Pacquiao  “tough as a mother….”

A Mother’s Day greeting?

 

UPDATE ON LAWSUIT:

A class action suit filed in Federal Court in Las Vegas is asking for $5 million in damages for Pacquiao’s failure to disclose his injury.

Suit names as defendants Pacquiao, Top Rank’s Bob Arum, and Pacquaio aide Michael Koncz.

Two specific plaintiffs are named, but the suit could potentially include all those who paid to attend live or on pay-per-view, or those who even gambled on the fight.

See details here.

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Emil Guillermo: Before Jamie Foxx butchered the National Anthem, he criticized Manny Pacquiao’s singing voice by mocking Pacman’s Filipino accent. Yes, it was a racial slur.

Maybe Jamie Foxx is better at lip-synching?

His version of the national anthem during the Pacquiao Mayweather fight was the only thing in the building worse than the fight itself.

(Although, the Burger King guy walking in with Mayweather was pretty bad. I would have asked freckle-powered Wendy).

Here’s Foxx on the anthem.

That was as bad a rendition of F.S. Key as I’ve heard. And I liked the Jose Feliciano version. (If you remember that, you are demographically unnecessary).

But here’s Foxx butchering Pacquiao’s accent on ESPN’s “First Take.”

 

You don’t have to be Filipino to know that is called a a racial slur.

Filipinos care.

ESPN and Foxx can apologize for that.

The national anthem? That just proves the funny man is no Ray Charles.

 

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Emil Guillermo: Pacquiao-Mayweather–Live blog of Megafight–(Refresh for updates). My round-by-round assessments.

 

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I’m  live blogging the fight. So if you don’t have a way to watch it live, say you’re working, or on Muni, or otherwise indisposed, I’ll give you round-by-round updates here.  Pacquiao fight day is a Filipino national holiday even in America, and I am gathered with relatives in Guillermo Central who will replicate the crowd ambience in Vegas.

Pre-fight:

Projected fight revenue according HBO: $400 million. If fight goes the distance both fighters will split $138,000 a second.

Hashtag battle shows #Pacwins, 67percent, #MayWins 33percent. What’s that mean? The public hates Mayweather.

Jamie Foxx will sing the National Anthem. Let’s see if he does it in his Paquiao accent.

He didn’t. But see my earlier posts to see his slur.

Pacquiao is introduced and look who’s behind him. Jimmy Kimmel?

Pacman is relaxed enough to take a selfie with Freddie Roach.

Pacquiao enters ring with his headband and teeshirt, and goes to a corner to pray.

Mayweather enters the arena with Justin Bieber and …is that the Burger King guy?

Mayweather looks like he is wearing a warmup made of  his ex-wives handbags.

Pacman at 152 pounds.  Mayweather has a reach advantage 72″ to 68″.

My cousin is saying, “Manny Pacquiao has to stop smiling.”

Michael Buffer doesn’t sound like he’s ready to rumble. A little hoarse.

He intros Pacquiao. Still in T-shirt, no fancy robe.

Mayweather’s Showtime announcer builds him up much better than Buffer juices up Pacman for the crowd.

First bad omen?

Round 1

Mayweather more aggressive early with his left jab. Pac is not getting close. M trying his right effectively. Pac gets M in last ten seconds, but M grabs him.

10-9 Mayweather.

Round 2

Pac getting M in corner. Then M grabs and body punches. Not fair. M getting in right hand. Pac not getting close. Pac gets him in corner again, but M grabs and gets out. P aggressive with :20 left. But M gets away. P closes with a flurry but M gets away.

10-9 Pacman

Round 3

M gets his right hand in . P gets close but once in corner M grabs and gets out. P gets a left that gets M off balance. M very defensive. A grabber. M. not boxing. He’s grappling. M. misses with right. P can’t get combos in their but lands one in final second.

10-9 Pacman

Round 4

M seems to be hitting low. P gets in combo at 2:34.

P aggressive here. But combo on M at ropes as M goes rope a dope.

M defensive but P combos landing . M playing football to stop P.

P gets M in corner. But M gets away. P wins round

10-9 Pacman

 

Round 5

P rt hook on M. M is aggressive here. M right to P. M gets right in again. P trying to get close but M dives to grab P when that happens.

:49 fighters in center. M  is running now, then grabbing. P not landing as many punches.

10-9 Mayweahter

 

Round 6

P gets left in on M. M in corner P attacks. M grabs .

2:00  P to body. M grabs.  M with 56-32 punch edge . But P at 1:03 has series of combos against M.  :24  M jab is keeping P away.

10-9 Pacman

Round 7

M aggressive early. with right hand. but by 1;21 M is running, then grabbing.  P not doing enough here w/ :51. But left lands with :34.Last :10 P has M on run.

10-9 Pacman

Round 8

P starts as aggressor lands  left on M. P then some combos. M gets r to P. P gets M to ropes but gets away. M with left hook to P.

P trying to get in but countered by M’s defense.

10-9 Mayweather.

Round 9

P with combos at 2:30. M counters.  P gets M in corner, M grabs P.

P gets M to ropes. :10 P gets M in corner. M gets away.

10-9 Pacman

 

Round 10

P to body. But P not landing enough punches. P can’t seem to find the target as M gets away. P has M in corner twice, but can’t put him away. P with right.

10-9 P

 

Round 11

M starts aggressively. M with right hand to P. P needs a KO now.

P gets M into corner, but slips away. M jabs at P. P has M in corner again but can’t put M away. M with left hook on P.  M chased P and lunged and miss.

10-9 Mayweather

 

Round 12

P needs a knock out.

P with left to M.

1:40 P has M in ropes but gets away.

1:06 time running out.

P coming at M in corner. M taunts and ha s his hand up. P has arms raised. But M looks to have won.

10-9 Mayweather.

I scored it 7 rounds P to  5 for M based on P aggression early and M’s holding.

I had it 115-113 for Pacquiao

But the official  judges and  commentators don’t see it the way I see it.

They have it unanimous for Mayweather. 118-110, 116-112, 116-112. .

Mayweather wins and Filipinos everywhere are disappointed.

Pacquiao says he thought that he (Pacquiao) won the fight. “He (Mayweather) didn’t do anything,” P said to Showtime  commentator.

Hard to land a punch when opponent ducks and grabs. Clear that time and age hurt Pac’s offense more than Mayweather’s  defensive “skills.”

Does anyone want a rematch? If it were closer, maybe. But I think the fight of the century was a kind of dud. Mayweather diffused P’s firepower, and actually made the fight a bit dull.

Looks like we only get one fight of the century.

One of my cousins here said, “Mayweather likes to hug.”

Manny? He’s probably at karaoke now.

UPDATE:

But before karaoke, Pacquiao and Mayweather give press conference.

Pacquaio talks about injuring a shoulder during training which affected his ability to punch with power. First time we’ve heard it. Excuse?

He also mentions that he was denied receiving an anti-inflammatory before the match. One outlet is reporting state commissioners dispute the claim, saying no one revealed an injury until 6pm on fight night.

Mayweather  bragged about getting a six-figure check after the fight: $100, 000, 000.

Emil Guillermo: (VIDEO) Jamie Foxx will sing “Star Spangled Banner” at tonight’s PacMay fight; Will he mock Manny and do it in a Filipino accent? He did on ESPN’s First Take. Was it a racial slur?

Accent is a big deal.

It’s one thing for a Filipino to make fun of it.

But it’s quite another for Jamie Foxx to do it on national television. Take a look at this video of ESPN’s “First Take.”

Funny or racial slur?

No different than the non-written rules for the use of “N” word by non-blacks.

If you’re not Filipino, it’s a slur.

Given how politically correct ESPN has been on making fun of accents and racial remarks (remember the “chink in the armour” references regarding Jeremy Lin?),I don’t know how they could allow this on their air.

 

And there’s the super self-righteous Stephen A. Smith yucking it up.
He’s been suspended for insensitive remarks. Bill Simmons has too.

And yet on the day before the big fight, there’s this on ESPN?

That’s an outrage, folks.

Shows no respect for Pacquiao, the 90 million people of the Philippines, or the 3.4 million Filipinos in America.

Let’s see if ESPN at least takes producers to task for their judgment. And let’s see if Foxx continues to mock Manny and all Filipinos by continuing to do his shtick.

An apology is in order.

 

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Emil Guillermo: Who’s on the white horse? Pacquiao or Mayweather? Get a load of these numbers.

 

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Leave it to Promoter Bob Arum to mention how Pacquiao’s letter about Mary Jane Veloso to the Indonesian government had something to do with staying the Filipina’s execution the other day.

Did it?

The Philippine Inquirer reported the stay was due to the emergence of the person who recruited Veloso.

But the idea that Manny can save a life at the 11th hour is part of the superhero narrative that is part of his charismatic charm.

It almost doesn’t matter if it was Pacquiao’s letter that saved Veloso.

When you’ve lived on the streets and have become a champ, you become a legend.

Pacquiao is the Filipino Paul Bunyan. He lives larger than any Filipino.

As Filipinos everywhere, we see the most prized overseas Filipino and we give in to the narrative.

Manny sure mentions God a lot. That may bother more secular Filipinos (there are a few). They  just believe in Manny.

BY THE NUMBERS

This megafight is producing some meganumbers.

I’ll share a few numbers that produce a different kind of ” tale of the tape” in this boxing match. These two boxers aren’t heavyweights.

But they are when they stand on their piles of money.

Pay-per-view: $300 million (3 million purchases @$100)

Estimated splits and payday for fighters:

Floyd Mayweather: 60 percent.

Manny Pacquiao: 40 percent

Payday for Mayweather: In excess of $180 million

Payday for Pacquaio: In excess of $120 million

Per capita income in the Philippines: $2,765 a year

Number of Filipinos forced to work overseas to make a decent wage: 2.4 million people

Amount in back taxes Philippine government wants from Pacquiao: $75 million

Amount in back taxes IRS wants from Pacquaio’s 2006-2010 earning: $18.3 million

Number of convictions for Mayweather on battery and domestic violence since 2001: 5

Jail time served in 2012 in Nevada by Mayweather on a plea deal to avoid felony charges on wife battering: 2 months.

Number of suspensions by Nevada boxing officials to Mayweather: 0

Fight’s economic benefit to Las Vegas, according to Las Vegas Convention Bureau:$150-200 million; 300,000 visitors.

That last graph no doubt is the reason boxing, a state regulated sport, did what it did.  Floyd’s no saint. He’s a money generator.

But  he beats women.

Manny also generates lots of money. He may not be a saint, but if  Arum is to be believed, he may have helped save a woman from her death.

 

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Emil Guillermo: Who broke the stare pose first? Pacquiao? Mayweather? Was that really Round One? Oh, fight already…

n the televised “stare off” in the Mandalay Bay, the two fighters went face-to-face.

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Pacquiao always look like he is holding back a grin.  Mayweather looks like a killer.  I see Pacquiao blink a few times during the staredown. Floyd is stone-faced.

But who breaks down the whole pose first?

I see Pacquiao move in. He is always moving, like in his fights. And then Mayweather moves toward Pacquiao.   That’s when Pacquiao breaks off, turns to the cameras and smiles.

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So who broke down first?

I just don’t think it’s as definitive as ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas believes, that Pacquiao  broke down first and lost a “psychological edge.”

But Atlas has his bias toward Mayweather and thinks Floyd’s straight right will come in get the left-handed Pacquiao in the head when the Pacman exposes himself while overreaching  with his straight left.

Possible. But Manny says he’s preparing different strategies for Mayweather, who will have to deal with Pacquiao’s quickness and mobility.

Manny isn’t a straight-up boxer. He creates new angles, comes from out of nowhere.  Mayweather is more stationary, counterpuncher.

He’ll have to move to catch Pacquiao in order to beat him.

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