KEY POINTS

  • Manny Pacquiao responded to Floyd Mayweather's recent "old man" comment
  • Mayweather urged young fighters to stop chasing Pacquiao
  • Pacquiao dismissed the idea of retiring and insisted that he's still in good condition

Reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has finally responded to Floyd Mayweather’s recent “old man” comment.

At 41, Pacquiao is still being called out by younger world champions and top contenders in his division. Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford are all yearning for a showdown with “Pac-Man.” In fact, even UFC star Conor McGregor also wants a piece of him as he prepares for a boxing return. However, Pacquiao’s nemesis, Mayweather, claimed to see this whole scenario in a different way.

The undefeated champ recently commented on the subject and advised younger fighters to let “old man” Pacquiao pick his fights.

“It’s sad that you hear guys say, ‘I want to fight Manny Pacquiao. But Manny Pacquiao is 41 now. Don’t chase him. 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 told FightHype (via The Sun).

Being a public servant in the Philippines, Pacquiao is still busy helping his country overcome the coronavirus crisis. However, the eight-division champ managed to spare some time in addressing Mayweather’s “old man” claim and insisted that he had no problem rebuffing young contenders who wish to fight him after the pandemic or in the future. Pacquiao also noted that Mayweather is just being envious of him because he is more active and is still a title holder.

“Naiingit lang ‘yun (Mayweather Jr.) kasi retired na siya. Kami, active pa, at saka may korona pa tayo (He is just envious because he’s already retired. We’re still active and have a crown),” Pacquiao told The Manila Times in a phone interview Monday.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could have a rematch next year. In this picture, Pacquiao throws a right at Mayweather during their welterweight unification championship bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

When asked about retirement, Pacquiao dismissed the idea and stated that he has been in good condition. The Filipino legend even revealed that he just finished hitting the punching bag when the interview was held.

“Okay naman ako (Yes, I’m okay). “Wala naman, walang problema (No plans yet; no problem). Actually, kakatapos ko lang sumuntok sa punching bag (I just finished hitting the punching bag). Wala pa. Nagte-training pa naman ako (No retirement yet. Yes, I’m still training) God is good all the time,” Pacquiao revealed.

The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch is still a fight everybody has been longing to witness. However, both parties have not reached an official agreement yet.