A lot of people suggested that Manny Pacquiao’s most recent loss would mean the end of all conversations pertaining to him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. This was clearly not going to be the case, but given how tiresome these back-and-forths had become through the years, you couldn’t really blame folks for being hopeful.
The truth of the matter is – Pacquiao and Mayweather will always be intertwined. Regardless of whether they actually get into the ring against one another or not, the pair will always be linked in boxing lore for their horrible, painstakingly annoying feud. A feud, mind you, that may ultimately not even result in a fight taking place.
After getting released from jail earlier this year, Mayweather stayed away from doing major media. He did a few interviews here and there, however, for the most part he just kept to himself. That changed on the Sunday following Pacquiao’s stunning knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez. Ever since then, it feels like Mayweather has been doing a lot more talking – clearly feeling very comfortable alone at the top of boxing’s pound-for-pound mountain.
During a recent exchange with reporters, Mayweather shined some light on why the super fight with Pacquiao had never happened.
“I have footage of Manny Pacquiao talking about what I offered him. I offered him $40 million and I told him to accept that and we could talk about the rest,” Mayweather said (via Daily Mail).
Alright, let’s pause it right there. No one is disputing that Mayweather put a small slice on the table as his “offering” to Pacquiao; the point of contention was always that it was too small of a piece. (Whether you agree or disagree is beside the point.) Mayweather eluded that tidbit while speaking with reporters, though.
“The proof is in the pudding. He received $6m against Timothy Bradley and $8m in this one [against Juan Manuel Marquez]. What guy wouldn't want to be in a position to take a loss for $40m? He could have made a lot more fighting me,” Mayweather continued.
Let’s pause once again. Pacquiao received $26 million for the Bradley fight, and $25 million for the fourth Marquez fight. Mayweather seems to be confusing what Pacquiao’s foes got with what he took home.
In the end, though, it all boiled down to this one quote:
“I'm very, very comfortable [financially]. I have great business outside of boxing and all I want to do is to continue to help the young fighters who are up-and-coming so the sport of boxing can live on.”
And that’s where the super fight talk has always started and ended. Forget the performance-enhancing drug (PED) accusations. Forget the money negotiations. At the end of the day, Mayweather never felt like he needed to fight Pacquiao for his legacy’s sake. And, apparently, he still doesn’t.
Until that changes, nothing else will.
(Kudos Daily Mail)