By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Two legendary boxers — one active and one retired — are beefing with each other on social media. Manny Pacquiao wanted Floyd Mayweather Jr. to come out of retirement.
Mayweather Jr. — who has been retired for two years since he defeated Conor McGregor in 2017 — was in attendance when Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman in Nevada on Saturday night. Pacman gave Thurman his first loss of his career.
“.@FloydMayweather You come to my fight and then use my name in a post, but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? If you want to be relevant again … #MayPac2,” Pacquiao said on Tuesday from his verified Twitter account.
The 40-year-old Philippines native improved to 62-7-2 in his boxing career. Pacquiao won the World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight title when he defeated Thurman by a split decision.
Pacquiao has won his last three fights since losing to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia in 2017. His loss prior to Horn was to Mayweather Jr. in a unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with the World Boxing Council World Welterweight title, World Boxing Association Super World Welterweight title, and World Boxing Organisation World Welterweight title.
The 42-year-old Grand Rapids, Michigan native — who now resides in Las Vegas — is 50-0 in his boxing career. Since defeating Pacquiao, Mayweather Jr. had two additional fights, before retiring.
He defeated Andre Berto in a unanimous decision. He also defeated McGregor in a TKO in his boxing debut at the T-Mobile Arena.
“I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it,” Mayweather Jr. said in a Facebook post. “This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it’s about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and click bait and let that man’s name hold weight of its own. For years, all you heard was that ‘Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao’. But what’s funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words!
“All of the so called boxing experts, critics and jealous American “fan base” either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. My take on all this bullshit is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano’s record and hate the fact that a Black, high school dropout outsmarted you all by beating all odds and retiring undefeated while maintaining all my faculties simply by making smart choices and even smarter investments. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh!”