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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (left) of the battles it out with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept. 17, 2011.  (Reuters/Steve Marcus)


MANILA — Manny Pacquiao joined the growing chorus that Floyd Mayweather Jr. scored an "unsportsmanlike" victory over Victor Ortiz in their title match in Las Vegas.

But the Filipino world champion added the undefeated American was not at fault.

"It was, to say the least, unsportsmanlike," Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, quoted the pound-for-pound king as saying.

"But Mayweather should not be faulted for what happened. Manny thinks it was the young Ortiz’s immaturity and lack of experience that did him (Ortiz) in."

Koncz, who watched the fight with Pacquiao in a posh hotel in Manila, said Mayweather may not have violated any boxing rule, but added a "boxer who has a slightly better self respect and is proud to win ‘cleanly’ would not have done that.

"Manny has the same observation as mine," said Koncz.

Koncz, however, refused to answer questions regarding Pacquiao’s chances against Mayweather if they eventually meet in the future, simply saying the Filipino ring icon and his team are focused on his coming fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12 (Nov. 13 in Manila) in Las Vegas.

Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singosn, a close ally of the eight-division division, was more direct to the point, saying Mayweather cheated his way to victory.

"Kalokohanyung resulta, daya," Singson said in a telephone interview.

"Pero mabuti na rinyun para pag naglaban ang dalawa siguradong mas maganda. Kesa naman sa natalo si Mayweather, baka din na talaga matuloy na magharap ang dalawa."

Dante Silverio, owner-coach of the now-defunct Toyota ballclub in the PBA, shared Paquiao’s view, saying: "Very regrettable that Mayweather had to win in that manner, very unsportsmanlike."

"Very unprofessional," Tagaytay City Mayor Bambol Tolentino, president of the Philippine Integrated Cycling Association, said.

Nonoy Neri, Pacquiao’s assistant trainer-cum-dietician said: "After touching gloves, ibig sabihin umpisa na uli ang laba. Nagulangan, nautakan. Talagang bata pa si Ortiz. Masyadong mabait. Tama na ang isang apology. Si Ortiz, paulit-ulit ang paghingi ng pasensya.

"Nakalimutan ni Ortiz ‘yung sinabi ng referee bago pa lang maglaban, ‘protect yourself at all times.’ Dapat nasa isip nya lagiyun. Huwag pabayaan ang depensa."