Although it’s been nearly two years since Manny Pacquiao lost by decision to Floyd Mayweather, the Filipino Senator still believes he, like his fans, won the fight and wants to tango one more time.
In a recent interview with Fox Sports Pacquiao, who faces off against Jeff Horn on April 22, says after watching and scoring the fight he believes he defeated Mayweather by 2-3 rounds.
“I only lost in the eye of the judges, in the eyes of the people I didn’t lose,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao has watched the fight back and scored it himself and believe he won “by two or three rounds”.
“It just happened that third or fourth round I injured my right shoulder,” Pacquiao said.
“I felt like I have only one arm but thank god that I survived until 12 rounds.”
Despite Mayweather’s repeatedly assertions that he is retired and will not returning to the ring, Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum continue to express their interest in a possible rematch. In addition to Mayweather, the Senator is also interested in fighting against UFC star Conor McGregor.
“In boxing? In boxing (I would) but not in (UFC), just boxing,” he said.
Asked whether he thought McGregor could last 12 rounds with him, Pacquiao said: “I’m sure he will be moving around.
“I didn’t see it [footage of Conor sparring]. But if we are talking about Conor McGregor and boxing, it’s different. Boxing is different than MMA.”
The April 22 bout against Jeff Horn is expected to be formally announced next week in Los Angeles.