Boxer Manny Pacquiao criticized Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Monday, telling the media that he was unaffected by his longtime rival’s recent taunts. Mayweather recently insulted Pacquiao after he questioned the undefeated boxer's desire to face him in the ring.
“I’m not affected by it,” Pacquiao told a TV station in his native Philippines, according to Agence France-Presse. “I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways.”
“[Mayweather] should fear God,” he added, before quoting from the Bible. “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
This latest round of verbal barbs began on Sept. 24, when Pacquiao took to Twitter to criticize Mayweather for his admission that Showtime’s “All Access” series, which promotes upcoming fights, is staged to improve pay-per-view sales. “[Floyd Mayweather’s] testimony to the commission on All Access’ authenticity tells me everything I need to know about his desire to fight me,” Pacquaio wrote.
.@FloydMayweather's testimony to the commission on All Access' authenticity tells me everything I need to know about his desire to fight me.
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) September 24, 2014
In response, Mayweather tweeted several photos of Pacquiao lying unconscious on the mat after his 2012 loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. “Miss Pac Man is broke and desperate for a pay day. Your Pay-Per-View numbers are a joke,” Mayweather wrote alongside the photo.
My new boxing DVD is coming soon and is called "3 Ways to Sleep". Back, Face and Butt and I'm Falling & I Can't Get Up.....
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) September 26, 2014
Mayweather plans to retire after the final two matches in his six-fight deal with Showtime. However, he recently expressed a willingness to fight Pacquiao.
"I'm gonna go and talk to my team and see what the future holds," Mayweather told Jim Gray after his Sept. 13 victory over Marcos Maidana, according to ESPN. "I don't know who I'm fighting in May but I expect to fight in May. Manny Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy in front of him. Once he gets past him, he can look to the future. If the Pacquiao fight presents itself, let's make it happen."
Pacquiao will face challenger Chris Algieri on Nov. 22. He holds a professional record of 56-5-2, with 38 knockouts.