By James Agberebi:
Nigeria boxing coach Tony Konyegwachi has stated that experience, and some boxing politics were the key factors which saw Floyd Mayweather jr. defeat Philipines’ Manny Pacquaio in Saturday’s Sunday,Nig. time) bout dubbed “Fight of the century”, reports Completesportsnigeria.com
After 12 rounds of gruelling contest from both boxers, Mayweather was adjugded the winner by the three judges whose score cards summed up an unanimous decision.
Speaking with completesportsnigeria.com after the fight, 1988 Seoul Olympic boxer, Kaonyegwachi said he always knew Mayweather will emerge victorious, for the obvious reasons.
“It was a good fight from both boxers, and it was a close fight. They both showed that they were world beaters. But for me, I think experience and skill won it for Mayweather. I have never doubted the fact that Mayweather will win, I always knew he will win.
“And aside Mayweather’s experience and skill, I think the politics of boxing came into play. He was the champion, and the fight took place in the United States. So I feel these are also some of the factors that went in favour of Mayweather.”
Kaonyegwachi went on to praise Pacquiao for putting up a good performancen, however.
“Pacquaio did well. At least for him to last the 12 rounds showed he put up a good performance. But if you ask me, I think Pacquaio should have added more pressure, especially when he had the opportunity. But all the same, he should be proud of himself,” he remarked.
With the win, Mayweather remains undefeated in 48 fights, while Pacquaio has now lost six professional bouts.