Mayweather: Blame Pacquiao for boring fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, celebrates during his welterweight title fight against Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AP/John Locher

MANILA, Philippines - Floyd Mayweather Jr. responded to disgruntled fans who found his megabuck showdown with Manny Pacquiao to be a lackluster one, saying they should put the blame on the Filipino.

In a recent interview with SiriusXM's Shade 45 Radio, the undefeated American reiterated that he put to good use his superb boxing skills to outpoint Pacquiao last May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather didn't need to be exciting in doing it, as long as he gets the win.

"Everyone wants to say that the fight didn't live up to expectations. I did what I always do," he said.

"I'm a smart, defensive wizard. I take my time, I pick my shots. And the thing is this: I've been around this sport a very long time, I know what I'm doing when I'm inside that squared circle. Everyone put this guy (Pacquiao) on a pedestal," added Mayweather, who won on all three judges' scorecards to win boxing's richest fight ever.

Mayweather curiously outpunched Pacquiao, connecting on 148 of 435 blows for a 34 percent connect rate. Pacquiao, in contrast, landed only 81 blows of the 429 he threw (18 percent), something Mayweather claimed was the result of his defensive prowess.

"It's not my fault that I was able to alleviate anything that he [Pacquiao] was able to do. Whatever you best attribute is, I take it away from you - disarm you," he explained.

It was later revealed that Pacquiao fought on despite having a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which he sustained in sparring a few weeks before the fight. But Mayweather brushed off his foe's injury.

Pacquiao's revelation prompted some fans to file lawsuits against him seeking damages, claiming they felt cheated by the non-disclosure of the injury.

For Mayweather, if there's anyone to blame for what was perceived to be a "boring" fight, it should be Pacquiao.

"If people want to be upset, be upset with the guy that couldn't set the trap for Floyd Mayweather," he said. "Be upset with the guy that used to throw 1,000 punches but then resorted to throwing 400 punches."

The Las Vegas-based fighter stressed that boxing is about hitting and not getting hit - and most importantly not about standing in front of your opponent to constantly trade punches.

 "The name of the game is boxing, this is not called toe-to-toe battle. It's called boxing. I'm the best at boxing. That's what I do," said Mayweather, who stretched his unbeaten record to 48-0.

"Every move is calculated I take my time and go out there and do what I do best. … When we long gone and people get to talking about this fight or my career they'll say 'Floyd beat them all.'"

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