Floyd Jr. retracts rematch offer: 'He's a sore loser and a coward'
Milan Ordoņez on May 08, 2015 10:41 AM
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MANILA - Approximately 48 hours after he announced his intent to face Manny Pacquiao again in a year, Floyd Mayweather Jr. had a sudden change of heart.
On Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), the reigning pound-for-pound boxing king declared his intent to face the one and only eight-division world champion in 2016. This would be after Pacquiao heals up from the torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder.
But on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), Mayweather Jr. retracted his previous statement. His reason: the manner of which Pacquiao received his loss in their mega fight this past weekend.
Junior made his recent statement through Showtime, in an interview that is set to air this Saturday.
"Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will fight him again? Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward.”
"If you lost, accept the loss and say, 'Mayweather, you were the better fighter,'" Mayweather adds. "I'm not going to buy into the bulls—, and I don't want the public to buy into the bulls—. He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this."
Mayweather previously spoke about Pacquiao’s post-fight “excuses” through his Instagram account. Known to have a strong social media presence, Floyd Jr. once again released a verbal tirade towards the Filipino slugger.
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