Boxing: Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

 Boxing: Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather
World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the US hits a punching bag during a media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LOS ANGELES - Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza.

The 37-year-old undefeated welterweight champ Mayweather weighed in Wednesday on the latest performance by Pacquiao who beat Timothy Bradley on April 12 in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first bout in June 2012.

"Actually, I did watch the fight," said Mayweather who is training to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a 147-pound title bout on May 3 in Las Vegas.

"You know, I haven't seen Pacquiao fight in years. I've seen highlights, but I haven't seen Pacquiao fight since he fought Miguel Cotto."

Mayweather said he wasn't impressed and fired a couple of verbals jabs of his own at Pacquiao. He said Pacquiao looked like an "amateur" and that in his opinion the World Boxing Organisation welterweight champ has less power and stamina than he did five years ago.

"I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur and I wasn't pleased with his performance," Mayweather said. "He got the victory the best way he knew how. I'm seeing something totally different in Pacquiao."

Pacquiao worked with Ariza for five years before splitting with him last year. Ariza had a key role in helping Pacquiao win titles in several different weight classes, including 147 and 154 pounds.

Mayweather said it was the first time since 2009 that he has watched a full fight of Pacquiao's.

Mayweather couldn't have watched Pacquiao's first fight against Bradley on June 9, 2012 even if he wanted to. Just eight days earlier, Mayweather had been sentenced to three months in a Las Vegas jail for hitting his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, in front of his children.

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