HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 20: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses during a media workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on April 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Why didn't Manny Pacquiao steamroll Juan Manuel Marquez last Saturday night (Nov. 12, 2011) in the "Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3" trilogy at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada?
"Pac-Man," who is considered by many combat sports fans and journalists to be the pound-for-pound king of the "sweet science," fought Marquez to a controversial majority decision win this past weekend in "Sin City."
Some have even argued that he lost.
So what happened? Was Pacquiao having an off night? Or was "Dinamita" having a career performance at the ripe old age of 38?
Fellow boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. tells Fight Hype that Pacquiao is "slowly changing" in preparation for a future fight against "Money:"
"I didn't watch the fight, but from what I'm hearing, Marquez got cheated. Win, lose or draw, whoever I fight still has to be tested with random blood and urine tests ... I mean, the fight could've happened the way it happened because, you know, someone is slowly changing so they can prepare to fight me. They know they're going to have to take the random blood and the random urine tests ... I personally think it's Bob Arum having a vendetta. I think he's very very upset with me because, you know, I exposed and I opened the world's eyes up to different things. I never officially came out and said that I believe Manny Pacquiao is on steroids or that I believe he's on enhancement drugs; I never came out and said that he actually is. I only stated my opinion on what I believe in ... I just had an opinion. I didn't say, 'I know you doing this' or 'I know you doing that.' I said some jokes in the past, had fun, doing it smiling, and we talked about it, but if I was or wasn't joking, it's just my opinion. I'm entitled to my own opinion. People have said things about me, and wrote and criticized me about things in the past, but it goes in one ear and out the other. A lot of times, I don't hear about it because, like I said before, I don't read it if it's negative. If it's positive, then they know to bring it to me."
Mayweather is coming off his own controversial victory, a knockout win over Victor Ortiz in September, and refuses to fight Pacquiao if the Filipino phenom doesn't agree to undergo random blood and urine tests.
In other words, we aren't any closer to "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" than before. Or are we? Is Manny "slowly changing" to make sure he can fit the "Money" criteria? Or is Floyd off his rocker?
For all the news, notes and fallout from "Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3" last Saturday night in Las Vegas click here.