Pacquiao Fires Back At Mayweather’s ‘Old Man’ Comment
At 41, Manny Pacquiao has managed to make himself as relevant as ever within boxing’s welterweight division. The WBA Welterweight Champion, Pacquiao (62-7-2) has faced stars young and old to prolong his career. He is OK doing that but is not OK with someone like Floyd Mayweather questioning the Senator of the Philipines.
Fighters like Terence Crawford and Danny Garcia have requested to face Pacquiao, while Keith Thurman. who Pacquiao beat for the WBA Title, has asked for a rematch. Mayweather (50-0) recently stated that those young fighters shouldn’t be chasing after Pacquiao.
“It’s sad that you hear guys say, ‘I want to fight Manny Pacquiao.’ But Manny Pacquiao is 41 now. Don’t chase him,” Mayweather stated. “You young guys chase each other. Stop chasing this old man. If the opportunity presents itself, go out and do what you got to do.”
Is this just a ploy to get under Pacquiao’s skin? The two fought back in 2015, with Mayweather winning via unanimous decision. It was revealed later that Pacquiao suffered from an injury that limited him. As a result, Pacquiao lost the WBO Welterweight Title. Following the bout, Mayweather beat Andre Berto, retired, and then beat MMA star Conor McGregor before retiring again. Pacquiao has since gone 5-1 and is currently on a three-fight win streak.
Perhaps it is the fact that Pacquiao is still going that Mayweather stated those comments.
“He (Floyd Mayweather) is just envious because he’s already retired,” Pacquiao stated to The Manila Times. “We’re still active and have a crown.”
The coronavirus has halted plans of future Pacquiao bouts. There is no clear timeline for a return, but Pacquiao is not worried about that as of this moment. He is also not looking to hang up his gloves.
“I’m not thinking about that yet,” Pacquiao went on to say regarding retirement. “I’m concerned first and foremost about our countrymen and about how to resolve this pandemic.”
Pacquiao added that he continues to use a punching bag, making him ready for whenever he can compete again. As far as a rematch with Mayweather, Floyd has stated he is focused on retirement. That would leave Pacquiao with plenty of other options.
Will we end up seeing Mayweather v. Pacquiao II?