Are Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Friends?

Published 08/17/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 01: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Manny Pacquiao face off during their official weigh-in on May 1, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will face each other in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather had unveiled the biggest fight in boxing history when they collided back in 2015. Despite Manny Pacquiao losing the bout via decision, several fans still argue that he has a greater legacy than Floyd Mayweather. That said, the pugilists are two of the biggest superstars of boxing.

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Pacquiao is the only ever eight-weight world champion, holding a pro record of 62 wins, 7 losses, and 2 draws. He is also the Senator of his home country Philippines. Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather is the richest boxer of all time, amassing championships at five weight classes and an undefeated record of 50-0. So, these competitive features have always put them against each other.

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Besides, both stars have gone back and forth against the other several times. Hence, it has fueled their rivalry for ages. Today, Floyd Mayweather (44) is enjoying his retired life, while Manny Pacquiao (42) continues to battle against the best. This major difference recently sparked another verbal war between them.

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After Floyd Mayweather’s disappointing performance against Logan Paul in a bizarre exhibition, Pacquiao announced his return to the ring for a fight against Errol Spence Jr. In response, Mayweather claimed Pacquiao needs money and has to fight for the paydays. However, these comments didn’t sit well with the Filipino legend.

 

Manny Pacquiao publicly responded to that and said, “He’s fighting with a YouTuber just to earn money. And I’m fighting the best to add to my legacy, so that’s different. To fight an easy opponent for the money or to fight one of the best to add to your legacy. It’s different.”

But there’s a different side to the tale that can amuse many. Here’s a look at it.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather- The bond and the popularity

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All the above information points to a bad-blood relationship between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But ‘May-Pac’ didn’t show the same when they bumped into each other at several NBA games. Both the boxers are fond of basketball and often watch NBA games live. Hence, they have met each other several times.

On those occasions, fans have spotted Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao greeting each other with a smile. It reflects mutual respect from both sides. However, that’s too little to bill them as friends.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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