Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t want to fight Manny Pacquiao. Boxing analysts, writers and fans know this because the undefeated champion said it repeatedly in 2009. And 2010. And 2011. And 2012. And 2013.
Even though he has no interest in squaring off against the Filipino star, though, Mayweather never stops talking about him.
There’s a reason for that: People care.
Mayweather and Pacquiao, for all of their petty little shots at one another, have one thing in common – they’ve both used the idea of a super fight to get attention for other bouts they’re participating in. They’ve done it for several years, and they’re still doing it to this very day.
Just last week, Pacquiao told Yahoo! Sports that he still wants a chance to beat down Mayweather. He challenged the undefeated champ to a fight despite the fact that he has his own match to worry about this November against Brandon Rios. A match, mind you, that will determine whether he retires or keeps fighting.
This weekend, Mayweather spoke with MLive’s David Mayo regarding comments he made a little while back suggesting that a bout between him and Pacquiao was feasible if the latter signed to Mayweather Promotions.
"That's probably how I was feeling at that particular time," Mayweather said. "I'm only human. Floyd Mayweather does contradict himself. I'm only human. I'm not perfect. I mean, I think we all do.
"How are things today? He's not going to get a chance to fight me. I was feeling that way weeks ago. Now, I'm feeling like I wouldn't even give him a chance. He had a chance, he blew it, so that's what it is."
Mayweather has a fight in September against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. It’s a highly anticipated showdown, but one that is coming on the heels of a disappointing match against Robert Guerrero. After a lot of hype and more mainstream publicity than he has gotten in recent memory, Mayweather was unable to draw the sort of PPV numbers folks had grown accustomed to seeing from him.
With these latest comments, Mayweather is just reminding everyone that’s he’s still a fighter. He knows that name-dropping Canelo won’t earn him any mainstream press. Mentioning Pacquiao, though, well, a quick Google News search will tell you everything you need to know.
Mayweather-Pacquiao isn’t off the table. It’s still as much of a possibility as it always was. Mayweather’s comments shouldn’t be read as anything more than a cry for attention, just like what Pacquiao tried to do a couple of weeks back.