ABS-CBN- When Manny Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview that he thought he won against Floyd Mayweather Jr., HBO reporter Max Kellerman seemed surprised.
Moments after the judges handed Mayweather his 48th win, Kellerman asked the Filipino: "You thought you won the fight? Why?"
"The fight was competitive during some stretches, but ultimately not close. I had it 9-3," Kellerman wrote.
He also took to the social media site to address the criticisms he received from netizens, who thought that his line of questioning was "disrespectful" and "opinionated."
Disrespectful? I don't think so. A tad disingenuous? I would say so. If you don't know how Max Kellerman is by now then you would probably find that interview more disrespectful than someone that has listened to him on the radio or watched him on television for years. That's who Kellerman is. He's loud. He's abrasive. He's opinionated. All of those facts are the main reasons why he was hired by ESPN Los Angeles as not only a sports personality, but as an entertainer. If you wanted a guy to go up there and throw Manny Pacquaio softballs after he gave his misguided opinion that he won the fight then Max is clearly the wrong man for the job. When it comes down to it I don't think Kellerman was trying to be offensive. I don't think he was trying to get a reaction from Pacquiao. I just think he was generally shocked, and in the moment let that be portrayed by his voice intonation. Does he let that happen if he is talking to someone that is more versed in the English language than Manny? Maybe, maybe not. Tough to say knowing his personality. Is he blameless for how underhanded his response came off? No. However, I also don't think it was an egregious example of offensive or biased reporting. Especially with how obvious the outcome of the fight was to the casual viewer.
I think the more important question is why is everyone surprised that Manny thought he won the fight? When you come out of a fight against one the best boxers in history, having thrown far more punches and being no worse for the wear it is easy to glorify your performance. I think that would leave you fairly prone to being partial. Especially when you were on the offensive for most, if not all, of the fight. It's not like Manny was up there bleeding from his eye with a fat lip claiming victory. As far as lopsided fights go, that was a pretty veiled example of one. Now, he should have probably known that he lost. However, I can see where is subjectivity is coming from after coming out on the ass end of a career defining fight that has been 5 years in the making.