On May 2, 2015 (May 3 in the Philippines), Mayweather beats Pacquiao in unanimous decision. But according to a local boxing analyst, Ed Tolentino, Manny Pacquiao would have won against Floyd Mayweather Jr. if the old style of Pacquiao standed out in the ring.
In the article written by Dennis Gasgonia of ABS-CBNnews.com entiteled “Why Pacquiao lost? Analyst explains,” it is said that Veteran boxing commentator Ed Tolentino felt that the Filipino superstar wasn’t his usual old fighting self when he squared off against counter punching Mayweather at the MGM Grand Arena.
In the article, it is written that Tolentino said in an interview on DZMM that the vintage Manny Pacquiao was not seen in the ring during the fight.
“Tolentino said Pacquiao should have pressed the action at the early stages of the fight when Mayweather was still feeling out, since the American is notorious for starting slow in his fights.” said in the article.
“Yung early half alam nating mabagal si Mayweather, dapat nag-impok na ng puntos si Manny. In-allow niya the counterpuncher to take off on offense first; siya ang mukhang naghahabol ngayon,” said the boxing commentator.
Since Mayweather is a taller fighter, he used it against the Filipino boxer.
In the article, Tolentino said that he thought there is no clear cut up plan when Mayweather was fighting like a tall man, flicking the jab.
He added that the five-inch reach advantage of Mayweather is a big thing.
Amidst of the unanimous decision, it is said in the article that Tolentino thought the fight was close.
“Dikit pa ang laban eh. Dikit pa after nine rounds eh. Had there been a knock down or two the fight would have been very interesting,” Tolentino said.