Floyd Mayweather Jr. has revoked his offer of a rematch with Manny Pacquiao next year. The pound-for-pound king said he doesn’t like the way Pacman has handled his unanimous decision loss this past weekend.
“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,” Mayweather told Showtime’s Jim Gray in an interview recorded this week that will air Saturday night.
“If you lost, accept the loss and say, ‘Mayweather, you were the better fighter,'” Mayweather continued.
Mayweather is annoyed that Pacquiao and his team have blamed the loss on the shoulder injury rather than give him credit for his outstanding performance.
“I’m not going to buy into the bulls— … and I don’t want the public to buy into the bulls—,” Mayweather said. “He lost. He knows he lost. I lost a lot of respect for him after all of this.”
On Tuesday, Mayweather has said his final fight with Pacquiao will take place this September and he would be willing to put off his planned retirement to grant the Filipino boxer a rematch next year.