“He’s [Manny Pacquiao] is a hell of a fighter. I take my hat off to him. Now I see why he’s one of the guys that are at the pinnacle of the sport of boxing.
“I knew he was going to push it and win some rounds. He had some moments in the fight, but I kept him on the outside, I was a smart fighter. I wasn’t getting hit with a lot of shots until I sat in the pocket, that’s when he would land a lot of shots.
“We did what we had to do tonight and I’m truly blessed.
“I’m a calculated fighter, he’s a tough competitor.
“I have to take it off to my dad, without him I wouldn’t be where I’m at.
“He’s a very awkward fighter, so I had to take my time and watch him close.
“All 47 fights before I got to this fight played a major key in my career.
“Manny Pacquiao is a true champion and we both did our best tonight.
“When the history books are written, this fight will have been worth the wait.
“I have one more fight. My last fight is in September and then it’s time for me to hang it up. I’m almost 40 years old now. I’ve been in the sport 19 years and have been a champion for 18 years, I’m truly truly blessed.”
“It was a good fight; I thought I won the fight.
“He didn’t do anything. He was always moving outside.
“I got him many times, I saw his punches.
“He was moving around too much, it wasn’t easy throwing punches at him. If he would’ve stayed in one place then I could’ve thrown punches.
“I was cutting him and countering. I wanted to fight.
“I was able to handle his power; he’s not strong like previous opponents like [Antonio] Margarito.
“I thought I was up in the fight, so that’s why I didn’t attack harder in the 11th and 12th rounds.
“He’s not bigger than me, it’s not about the size. The size doesn’t matter. I’ve fought guys bigger than him and had no problem.”
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