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Floyd Mayweather had Pacquiao-Bradley III a draw, encourages Bradley to fight on

Floyd Mayweather reportedly told Timothy Bradley that Saturday's fight with Manny Pacquiao was a draw.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report at ESPN.com, Floyd Mayweather watched last Saturday's third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and has decided that there's not enough controversy -- there is none -- and that maybe he should be the one to stir that particular drink.

That or he really just thinks the fight was a draw, which is what he's said to have called and told Bradley:

"Go home and watch the replay with the sound off,'' Mayweather is said to have told Bradley, indicating he believed the raucously pro-Pacquiao crowd had influenced the judges. ... Mayweather, who outpointed Pacquiao in the most lucrative prizefight in history last May, told Bradley he appeared to be a much improved fighter and encouraged him to continue his career.

"There was no theatrics, he spoke very quietly and seriously to Timmy,'' a source told ESPN.com. "He was very complimentary and very classy.''

Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO) had no complaints about the loss whatsoever, repeatedly saying that he fought his best, but that Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO) was simply the better man on the night. Pacquiao won on scores of 116-110 across the board, and dropped Bradley two times in the fight. And Bradley's trainer, Teddy Atlas, is one of the most outspoken men in the boxing world. He's said nothing about feeling like they got the shaft from the judges.

In all reality, Mayweather either just has this one wrong, which certainly happens to us all, or he's planting more seeds to keep his name in the news cycles.