Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have made it explicitly clear that they don’t like each other. After years of back-and-forth trash talking, we have enough instances of these two talking smack about one another to release three full length albums. That being said, while the friction is apparent every single time they open their mouths, that doesn't stop them from opening their mouths.
Literally, any and every time a fan or reporter asks either Pacquiao or Mayweather about how the other is doing, they inevitably get a response. Pro athletes are accustomed to getting questions they don’t want to answer. That’s where “No comment” typically comes into play. These two want to comment about each other. They relish the opportunity, really.
Mayweather is currently on a massive PR tour promoting his September showdown against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. And while that bout is huge in its own right, with massive implications for both the participants and boxing as a whole, it’s clear that Mayweather has no trouble taking a few minutes out of his day to throw some shade in his rival’s direction.
When a fan -- not a reporter -- made a comment about Pacquiao recently, Mayweather was quick to jump in with a response.
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"Pacquiao's a has-been,” he said, as recorded by FightHype. “His career is over. [Juan] Manuel Marquez is a legend. I commend him.”
Short and sweet.
Of course, it’s worth noting: Mayweather spends more time talking about a ‘has-been’ in Pacquiao than he does about most active boxers.
At the end of the day, every single time Pacquiao and Mayweather talk about each other their comments should be absorbed, acknowledged and then filed away as promotion for their inevitable bout.