PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will not pay up a US$5,000 (S$6,672) debt he lost on the bout between Floyd Mayweather and regional hero Manny Pacquiao because he was so incensed by the match outcome.
The 62-year-old delivered a nine-minute rebuke of judges who ruled Mayweather had squarely beaten Pacquiao in Las Vegas last Saturday.
Echoing many of Pacquiao’s Filipino compatriots who have also cried foul, Hun Sen accused the American officials of being biased towards Mayweather in the US$400 million fight.
“Yesterday, us viewers could barely give a point for Floyd, but the three judges unanimously decided Floyd was the winner,” he said.
Mr Hun Sen said he had made a US$5,000 bet with an official on the match outcome, a bet he would no longer honour.
“I would not settle this, I will not give you the money,” he said.
The admission is somewhat surprising, given gambling is technically illegal in Cambodia outside of licensed casinos.