Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are preparing for two different fights, but that hasn’t stopped them from jawing at each other through the media. Mayweather is scheduled to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14, while Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will square off on Nov. 23. Mayweather, though, hasn’t held back on his opinion of Pac-Man.
At a recent press conference in San Antonio, the undefeated boxer called Pacquiao a “has-been,” saying his career is over. Pacquiao hasn’t won a fight since 2011, losing back-to-back bouts to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez. The split decision loss to Bradley was highly controversial, but Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round.
Buzz for a potential fight between the two boxing icons has decreased significantly over the years. After issues over drug testing and disagreements over money, the odds of the two stepping in the ring together have appear to be very low. If Pacquiao can’t beat Rios, the fight will almost certainly never happen.
Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz responded to Mayweather’s comments in an interview with worldboxingnews.net.
“This is America and everybody is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “However, if Floyd truly believes his statements are true then one would think he would jump to fight Manny.”
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“Nonetheless, let the world wait and watch on November 24,” continued Koncz. “Let the people judge for themselves if, as Floyd says, ‘Manny is a has-been and his career is over,’ as actions speak louder than words and Manny’s iconic global appeal will continue to soar.”
There has been a thought by many in the media that Mayweather has been ducking a fight with Pacquiao for years. Now, he may be using Pac-Man’s recent losing streak as another excuse to avoid a fight.
Despite his recent struggles, Pacquiao has remained steadfast in his quest to fight Mayweather. He’s even stated that he’ll accept less money than his opponent, in order to make the bout a reality.