clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Photos: Erislandy Lara beats Ishe Smith, Floyd Mayweather 'calls out' Manny Pacquiao

Erislandy Lara beat Ishe Smith, but it was Floyd Mayweather who stole the headlines with a call-out of Manny Pacquiao.


"I'm an experienced fighter and I know how to read my opponent. I read Ishe in the first round and I set up my game plan. His body work didn't affect me. I trained hard with Jack [Edward Jackson] and Ronnie [Shields]. He tried to break my concentration with his cheap tactics and dances, but I know how to control myself. I can control my impulses and I don't let anything get in the way."

"I want Floyd for my next fight. He's the best pound-for-pound, and I want to find the best. I already beat Canelo and everybody else in the division."


"I did what I had to do, we had a great camp and I went out there and let it hang. You win some you lose some. That's life. Floyd [Mayweather] told me to keep my head up and that he's proud of me."


"The main event was about what was expected. Ishe tried, but wasn't capable because he's not as quick or as sharp with his punches. When he had the opportunity to bang the body he did but it wasn't enough because Lara was in such control in the center. He landed so many straight left hands that landed flush. Lara fought the fight he wanted to fight and in that kind of fight, he's very difficult to beat. He frustrated Smith throughout the fight."


"I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao, we're trying to make the fight happen. Years ago we had problems with random blood and urine testing. I just want to have an even playing field. It's a little bit of everything that makes me want this fight because he's not on my level. The fans would love to see the fight and of course I want to go out with a bang. So let's make this fight happen."

"Let's make this fight for the people, for the fans. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao May 2, Cinco de Mayweather."


"He was what I thought he'd be. It wasn't a perfect fight for me. It's good to be back but I was looking a bit too much for the knockout, I should have relaxed a bit and used my jab. I felt good, I felt strong out there."


"I'm angry with the referee for stopping the fight. I wanted to continue but the referee stopped it."


"I knew he was coming forward, but I had to be smart because I know he's a good fighter. I wanted to be patient and be smart and use my skills. It's not always going to be a knockout or exciting but it can be dominant and I thought I was dominant."


"I needed to pressure more. It was a much closer fight than the judges had it. It was a good fight, but I could have done better."

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook