Floyd Mayweather Feels ‘Sad’ Over Manny Pacquiao’s Current State: “He Has to Fight”

Published 06/08/2021, 7:30 AM 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)


Floyd Mayweather ranks among the greatest boxers of the modern era. With his prolific in-ring prowess, Mayweather attracted every boxing lover’s eye in no time.

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With that, he even bagged some exuberant paychecks for his fights, and even today he continues the same by entering exhibition fights. However, Mayweather feels that the same cannot be said other fighters, especially Manny Pacquiao.

Speaking to Seconds Out recently, he said, “Pacquiao, at his age, which is said, that he has to fight. You know, I’m financially set and I want to let everybody know this.

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“You can hear so many different stories of Floyd had to do this, no. I’m well off. Every property that I have is paid for, my jet is paid for, all my cars are paid for.

“I own billion-dollar buildings. I own so much property and I’m steady, investing in different things.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao fought each other back in 2015. A fight between these two is still regarded among the biggest boxing encounters and predominantly the richest boxing fight of all time. This is because both the fighters banked an extensive amount of money in this fight.

But after that bout, ‘Pretty Boy’ only fought twice and hung his gloves up for good. With that, in his above interview, Mayweather asserted that he takes up exhibition fights today because he wants to do it, and not because he has to do it. Whereas, he felt ‘Pacman’ still has to fight regardless of anything.

Should Manny Pacquiao consider retirement?

The Filipino Senator is a true veteran in the game and the world has seen his staggering boxing prowess. However, over the past few years, he’s suffered a lackluster run and is slowly moving towards hanging his gloves from the sport.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 19: Manny Pacquiao in the ring during the WBA welterweight championship against Adrien Broner at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

That said, ‘Pacman’ should unquestionably give a thought to retirement. Because he’s achieved more than anyone could have ever imagined, and is certainly a legend of the game.

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Also, with his activities both inside and outside the ring, Pacquiao has definitely inspired a generation of budding boxers. And it’ll be interesting to see if he really signs off sometime soon.

What do you make of Mayweather’s comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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