Max Kellerman Defends Manny Pacquiao Against “Shoulder-Gate” Controversy with Impassioned Speech (Video)
Manny Pacquiao has been taking a lot of heat from boxing fans in the wake of his announcement that he fought Floyd Mayweather on May 2 with a torn rotator cuff. Many say he should have called off the fight after suffering the injury. Some even filed class action lawsuits against Pacquiao and his promotors, saying he deceived paying customers and committed perjury by fighting with an undisclosed injury.
Boxing analyst Max Kellerman thinks that’s all a bunch of horsesh*t. On Saturday night, before HBO’s coverage of the Canelo-Kirkland fight, he made a passionate speech defending Pacquiao, and everything he says is pretty much spot-on.
Here’s the video:
And, if you can’t watch the video because, say, you’re at work, here’s the transcript:
“I think some people had the sense that Manny Pacquiao sold out for the money, and by fighting with a torn rotator cuff somehow perpetrated a fraud on the public. I strongly disagree with this. A dilemma is not a tough choice. A dilemma is a choice between two bad options. What was Manny Pacquiao supposed to do? Three weeks to go before the fight when he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff that needed surgery, was he supposed to postpone the fight? So, 12 months off, he already was off for five months, he’s supposed to come back after shoulder surgery and a 17-plus month ring absence, to fight and try to beat Floyd Mayweather? Does that give him his best chance to win? When all the tickets have already been sold? The hotel rooms have been booked? The airfare etc. The eyes of the boxing world were hoping to see this fight and what did Manny Pacquiao do? He manned-up. He said ‘if I can a shot of toradol in my shoulder, I can go through with this fight, I think that gives me my best chance to win.’ By the way if he postpones, there may never be a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Who knows if Mayweather’s still active 12 months-plus into the future. So Pacquiao’s camp clears it with USADA, the drug-testing body that Mayweather’s side insisted upon. USADA says ‘fine, a shot of toradol is fine’ and then ultimately at the 11th hour, the Nevada State Athletic Commission says Pacquiao can’t get the shot of toradol because of what was essentially was a clerical error? Because some box wasn’t checked off? A form wasn’t filled right? If people are mad at anybody for Pacquiao not being at his best, if that is the view, be mad at the Nevada State Athletic Commission, in my view, because just when the boxing world needed them to show sound judgement, they chose to stand on principle instead of cooperate with the spirit of the event.”
Ironically, it was just last week that Kellerman pissed off a bunch of Pacquiao fans by asking the former WBO welterweight champion some tough, probing questions after Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Now, one week later, Kellerman has made the most passionate case defending him against this “Shoulder-Gate” nonsense. So I guess Manny’s fans are probably singing a different tune.