Manny Pacquiao Claps Back at Floyd Mayweather: ‘If I’m Fighting for Money, I’d Have Picked Some Scrub’

Published 06/28/2021, 1:35 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)


Ahead of his return to the boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao recently clapped back at Floyd Mayweather by saying that he is not fighting ‘just to get paid’.

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At 42, Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2) is now preparing to fight the reigning 31-year-old IBF and WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence (27-0) in August 2021.

Soon after his recent 8-round exhibition clash with YouTuber Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather reacted to Manny Pacquiao‘s decision to fight again after a two-year hiatus. ‘Money’ said, “When I come and do an exhibition and come out boxing and have some fun, I do it cause I want to do it, not cause I have to do it. Pacquiao at his age, [it] is sad that he has to fight.” 

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In a chat with Barbershop Conversations, Mayweather added he would back ‘The Truth’, “Of course, I’m behind Errol Spence 100%. I wanna see Spence win. Actually, I’m gonna call him and give him some pointers.” (h/t Express)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 20: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his split-decision victory over Keith Thurman in their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On the ‘Power and Play with Noli Eala’ show, Manny Pacquiao said “I’m not like other boxers who fight only for the money. Some challenge non-boxers just for the money. Some challenge non-boxers to get paid. I want the best. If I’m fighting for money, I’d have picked some scrub. This is a real fight.” 

Manny Pacquiao is looking to cement his legacy again

Manny Pacquiao has won championships in eight distinct divisions and Errol Spence has a clean 27-0 record. Hence, some experts are calling Pacquiao’s matchup with Spence the biggest fight of the year. ‘Pac-Man’ is coming off a split decision win against Keith Thurman (29-1) in 2019; Errol Spence, one of the most feared welterweights, is coming off a dominant win over Danny Garcia.

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Floyd Mayweather’s protege, Gervonta Davis believes that Pacquiao vs Spence will be “a fight for boxing.”

“You know I’m going with Errol, but it’s a great fight, I know that for sure,” he added.

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Both fighters bring in exceptional records and experience. This fight will surely be a spectacle for all fans of the sport. How do you think this bout will play out?

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