KEY POINTS

  • Welterweight title challenger Joselito Lopez said he'd rather fight Floyd Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao
  • Lopez claims he did fairly well against Canelo Alvarez and other world champions who defeated him
  • Mayweather and Pacquiao have once again engaged themselves in a war of words

A welterweight contender said he would rather fight Floyd Mayweather than Manny Pacquiao.

Joselito “The Riverside Rocky” Lopez is a welterweight world title challenger who won the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title in 2012. It was the last world title he has held but Lopez has been eager to regain his welterweight belt, challenging some of the biggest names in the division including Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana, Andre Berto and Keith “One Punch” Thurman. Unfortunately, Lopez lost to all the said world champs.

In a recent interview with Elie Seckbach of EsNews, Lopez expressed his thoughts about the current situation of the welterweight division. The 35-year-old was asked to comment about Mayweather’s fighting style. According to Lopez, Mayweather can fight anybody and as often as he wants to because he’s “versatile and can switch it up in the middle of the ring.”

Being an active welterweight contender, Lopez was then asked if given a chance, who he would choose to fight between Mayweather and eight-division title holder Pacquiao. Lopez picked Mayweather and claimed that he will do better against the American boxer than the Filipino legend.

“I think I’d do a lot better with Mayweather. Because he’s fit for my style,” Lopez claimed.

The former champ further defended his claim and name-dropped some of his past opponents. According to Lopez, he “did fairly well” against Berto, Ortiz and multi-division champ Canelo.

“Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Canelo, all these guys, I did fairly well, considering a little disadvantages with Canelo sizewise, I handled myself,” Lopez insisted.

Prior to the lockdown, Lopez was coming off an impressive KO win over former WBO super lightweight champ John Molina Jr.

Mayweather Pacquiao Roach Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao pose with a WBC championship belt as Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach looks on during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Getty

Meanwhile, Mayweather and Pacquiao have once again engaged themselves in a war of words. The undefeated boxer recently commented on Pacquiao’s lengthy career and called for younger fighters to stop chasing his nemesis. As per Mayweather, Pacquiao is an “old man” and the younger generation should let him pick his own fights.

“You young guys chase each other. Stop chasing this old man. If the opportunity presents itself, go out and do what you got to do. Let Manny Pacquiao pick and choose who he wants to fight,” Mayweather said.

It didn’t take long for Pacquiao to respond to Mayweather’s “old man” claim. Amid the fight against coronavirus in the Philippines, the 41-year-old fired back at Mayweather and said: “ He is just envious because he’s already retired. We’re still active and have a crown .”