Floyd Mayweather Terms Manny Pacquiao as the Best Opponent he’s Ever Faced

Published 05/05/2021, 3:00 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)


Back in 2015, Floyd Mayweather took the toughest test of his boxing career in the form of Manny Pacquiao. This was the most awaited fight of the modern boxing era because both the fighters were termed as sheer legends of the game. However, the pair had to settle on one best fighter of the generation, and ‘Pretty Boy’ showed the world why he’s regarded as the best of all time.

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With this fight, Mayweather and Pacquiao settled their prolonged rift and rolled out a blockbuster show for the fans.

It’s been more than 5 years to this fight, but fans and fighters still remember this clash with fondness. Recently, in a chat with Million Dollaz Worth of Game, Mayweather shared some words of wisdom for his former nemesis. He said, “The best fighter I ever fought probably was Manny Pacquiao.”

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Mayweather continued, “It’s because of his movement. He’s a hell of a fighter and I can see why he won so many fights and I can see why he’s going down as a Hall of Famer. It’s just certain moves that he makes.” (h/t IB Times)

The fight began on a wonderful note for the undefeated kingpin of the sport. However, the Filippino Senator turned the tables in the second half of the fight and stunned Mayweather with his constant blows. The fight was a delight, and everyone agrees, even today.

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao – the richest boxing battle of all time

The Mayweather vs Pacquiao is termed as the richest fight in boxing history because it generated a whopping $600 million in total.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 02: Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left at Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight unification championship bout on May 2, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Additionally, both the fighters received the biggest paycheck of their lives in this fight and etched their name in the history books.

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‘Pacman’ and Mayweather fought each other in their abrupt prime, and the hardcore fans couldn’t have asked for anything else.

Ever since this bout, none of the fights in boxing have come closer to the Pacquiao vs Mayweather bout in terms of hype, money, and more.

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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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