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BOXING: Pacquiao blames shoulder injury for loss to Floyd Mayweather

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 5:46 AM
Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines (right) throws a right against Floyd Mayweather Jr., during their welterweight title fight on Saturday.

Manny Pacquiao has blamed a shoulder injury for his defeat to Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, claiming it stopped him from using his right hand.

American Mayweather outclassed his Filipino rival at the MGM Grand and was awarded a wide unanimous decision.

However, Pacquiao says he thought he did enough to win the fight, despite most observers agreeing with the verdict.

According to Pacquiao, three weeks before the fight he picked up a tear in his right shoulder.

He says it got better but it wasn't 100 per cent.

Pacquiao says he wanted to have an injection in the shoulder before the fight but the Nevada Athletic Commission refused.

Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, says he informed the Commission of the injury five days before the bout.

And he has defended the decision not to cancel the fight, which was the most lucrative in boxing history.

Arum says athletes always fight hurt and he felt the work that was done on the shoulder during training would enable Pacquiao to use his right hand.

Mayweather started the brighter of the two and rocked Pacquiao with a number of right hand counter punches in the early exchanges.

The Filipino came back at the American in the fourth round, stunning Mayweather with a left hand and again in the sixth round.

But he was never able to back it up and Mayweather ran out a comfortable winner on the judges scorecards.