Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fought in the ring seven years ago, but are still taking opportunities to trade blows, at least verbally. At a press conference in Japan last year, Mayweather took shots at Pacquiao and cautioned him not to get beaten again. Mayweather and Pacquiao are both retired from professional boxing. While Mayweather continues to throw his hat into the ring by fighting influencers and other fighters in exhibition matches, Pacquiao is building a political career for himself in the Philippines.
Mayweather went to Japan last year for an exhibition match against Mikuru Asakura. While at the press conference, the organizers revealed Pacquiao was also present to promote the event. The pair then got into an exchange where Mayweather stated that Pacquiao of all people should know there isn’t a clear way to beat him in the ring, and that the Filipino boxing legend should be cautious he doesn’t get beat again.
Mayweather said, “There is no blueprint to beat me…Don't let them trick you into getting your ass whooped again.”
While the pair had mutual respect for one another, there was still some of the flame of the old rivalry. Pacquiao responded by saying that he was younger than Floyd and reminded the audience of what he has achieved during his career.
Pacquiao said, “He’s older than me. I am still young. What I have done and accomplished in boxing, I think it's one of a kind. To get eight different weight divisions is not that easy. I’m not trying to boast what I’ve accomplished in life…the best fighter in the world has humility.”
Mayweather thinks he’s the greatest of all time
Floyd Mayweather has different ideas on whether or not the greatest fighter should be humble. After Pacquiao stated that the best should be humble, Mayweather launched into a prideful tirade.
He said, “When we talk about what's going on inside that squared circle, I'm the best, no matter how you cut it or slice it. "No matter if you go one hundred years back or three hundred years back all the way to now, there's only one best and that's Floyd Mayweather."
Floyd Mayweather retired from boxing with an undefeated record and with 15 major World Championships under his belt. He is considered one of the best pound for pound fighters of all time. Meanwhile, Pacquiao is the only eight-division World Champion in history and was the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Their fight in 2015 was one of the biggest and most iconic in boxing history, generating more than $500 million in revenue.