Manny Pacquiao Reveals His Interaction with Logan Paul: ‘He Was Glad He Fought Floyd Mayweather Instead of Me’

Published 07/13/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Manny Pacquiao celebrates after defeating Timothy Bradley Jr. by unanimous decision in their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


It’s rare to see Logan Paul get vocal about his respect for a professional boxer. However, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao seems to have amazed the 26-year-old celebrity. Ahead of his return against Errol Spence Jr, Pacquiao is back to training at the Wild Card Boxing gym.

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So, when Logan Paul came across the sight of Pacquiao’s gruesome training, he expressed some interesting thoughts. According to Manny Pacquiao’s social media post, ‘The Maverick’ claimed himself to be fortunate about facing Floyd Mayweather and not him. As Pacquiao laughed off about the statement, he also expressed mutual respect for Logan Paul.

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It’s bizarre to think, both Paul and Pacquiao have fought ‘TBE’ Floyd Mayweather in their careers. However, Paul could depart without suffering a loss. His matchup against ‘Money’ was an exhibition contest, with almost no similarities with a pro fight. It was rather a money-spinning event that filled both the contenders’ pockets via draw.

Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao contested Mayweather in 2015, which is reportedly the richest fight ever in boxing history. Although ‘Pac-Man’ lost it via decision, he bagged a lucrative $120 million from that single bout. Six years later, Floyd Mayweather is retired and is opting to face YouTubers.

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However, Filipino star Manny Pacquiao is actively accepting world title fights against the best fighters of the generation. Following consecutive wins against Adrien Broner and Keith Thurman in 2019, Pacquiao will now end a long lay-off to face Errol Spence Jr. on August 21. So Logan Paul’s words might carry some value in reality.

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The sheer size difference between Pacquiao and Paul would put some serious advantage to the YouTuber’s corner. It would be another open weight bout, which might not interest any traditional boxing fans. However, Pacquiao’s speed, footwork, abilities would surpass many elite boxers even today, and Logan Paul doesn’t even stand a chance in that aspect.

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Aged 42, Pacquiao’s upcoming opponent is 11 years younger than him and has been undefeated in an active career of 27 fights so far. However, all these stats couldn’t intimidate Pacquiao. On his last appearance, the Filipino veteran beat another unbeaten champion in Keith Thurman to bag the WBA 147 lbs title. So, he has all the chances to repeat a similar fortune against a bit mightier opponent on Errol Spence Jr.

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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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