Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are two very, very good boxers. Regardless of whether you prefer one or the other on a personal level, there is no denying that they are a couple of the best fighters to pass through the sport in at least a decade.
Because of that general level of respect that both have attained, whenever a conversation regarding a potential superfight comes up, nobody suggests that one will knockout the other. The people who say Pacquiao is better insist that he would win in a match between the two. And, obviously, the pro-Mayweather camp peddles the opposite idea. But the key part of these conversations has always been the underlying respect that exists for both men’s skills.
You don’t say one would knock the other out because they’re both that good. In a way, this was sort of the last strand of civility that existed in this endless cycle of discussion about a superfight that ultimately may never happen.
Well, it’s safe to say that the civility has now officially been tossed out the window.
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During a recent interview with the good folks from BoxingScene, Floyd Mayweather Sr. made it clear that his son wouldn’t simply win – he’d win by knockout.
"The fight should have been done a long time ago. But like I said before, if Pacquiao takes the tests, my son is going to put him to sleep. [Thomas] Hearns has always been a knockout puncher in any division but Pacquiao has never been recognized as a big puncher. And now he is knocking guys out who are six feet tall. How can that be? Something like this has never ever happened in the history of boxing. Pacquiao is doing something nobody has ever done before. But there is no doubt, Floyd would beat Pacquiao if he agrees to take the tests," Mayweather Sr. told BoxingScene.
To be fair, you have to take the elder Mayweather’s statements with a grain of salt. He doesn’t represent his son anymore, even if he does sound an awful lot like him.
Regarding their relationship, Mayweather Sr. had this to say:
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"Right now the relationship is distant. Sometimes things happen ... Sooner or later, the relationship has to be fixed. I don't need to train him. I have enough fighters to train on my own and I don't need anymore. I'm fine with that."
So, for those keep tracking at home – Mayweather Sr. doesn’t train Mayweather Jr. He merely sticks his nose into his son’s business, taints his reputation by constantly spouting off negatively about potential opponents, and speaks with authority on issues that he shouldn’t be touching with a ten foot pole.
The truth is, of course, Floyd Sr. discusses this kind of stuff not out of some deep-seeded devotion to his son but, rather, to get headlines himself. Like Jr., he needs to be the center of attention at all times, and by name-dropping Pacquiao v. Mayweather, he accomplishes that mission every single time.