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Mayweather: Pacquiao a has-been


Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. AP/INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

Floyd Mayweather Jr. sees Manny Pacquiao as a “shot fighter,” yet continues to sidestep talks of getting in the ring with him.

On the other hand, Brandon Rios feels Pacquiao has something more to give and he may be risking his future by agreeing to a Macau fight with the Filipino eight-division world champion.

Whoever’s perception is correct will be known on Nov. 24 when Pacquiao and Rios tangle at Cotai Arena of The Venetian in the former Portuguese enclave.

In a recent press conference in San Antonio, Texas, Mayweather, who’s drumming up his Sept. 14 battle with Canelo Alvarez, again took potshots at Pacquiao.

“Pacquiao’s a has-been, his career is over; (but Juan) Manuel Marquez is a legend (and I commend him),” Mayweather told World Boxing News.

Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round in their fourth battle in Las Vegas last December and derailed a projected megabuck Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown.

While Marquez nixed another rematch with Pacquiao, who bested him twice in their first three fights (the other one ended in a draw), Rios stepped on the plate and agreed to move up in weight to challenge the Filipino.

Though he was at ringside when Marquez sent Pacquiao to the canvas with a dynamite right with a second left in the sixth round, Rios refused to consider the loss as an indication that the fighting congressman of Sarangani province is on the wane.

Smarting from the narrow loss he suffered at the hands of Alvarado, whom he stopped in the eighth round in their first encounter, Rios showed his high regard for the 34-year-old Pacquiao.

“I’m going out there and I’m expecting the best Manny Pacquiao,” Rios told Chris Robinson of BoxingScene.com. “I can’t judge on one performance what happened.

“We don’t know. We’re just going to be ready for the best Manny Pacquiao. The one that was beating everybody. The one that was on top of the world.”

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Tags: Boxing , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Manny Pacquiao

  • Bulakenyo Ako

    Well said by Brandon. You can’t rule out an athlete just bec of one (actually make it 2) lost.

  • Guest

    Well said by Brandon. You can’t ruled out one athlete just bec of a one (actually 2 but considered a rubout) lost.

  • Rudy Punzalan

    MW is chicken right at the very beginning demanding a lot of silly things from pacman.He lost his chance to beat Pacman,Marquez is lucky to beat Pacman.Now Marques does not want to have a rematch with Pacman and so is bradley coz they know they gonna lose.

  • DannyGane

    dapat magretire na Manny Pacquiao… mahirap maging Congressman at the same time a boxer… i sense trouble with his fight with Rios…

  • Lemuel Vargas

    Mayweather is just shamelessly using Pacquiao to promote his fight with Canelo. That is my take on this.

    • mao-tse-tung-tung-liit-uten

      no need to use Pacquiao to promote his next fight…..on the contrary using Pacquiao is very degrading based on his current status as being the # 1 fighter in the world with his zero lost record….about Pacquiao ?forget it…

      • jat2x

        Then tell your super sucker trash-mouth idol not to mention The Pacman in promoting his boring figths!

      • Bulakenyo Ako

        Big NAMES in pro sports still attract viewers and bring money to the table no matter if you have a losing record.

        Take the case of Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson or even Kobe Bryant in basketball. People still dig their pockets just to see them even if they were already in a decline.

      • Bulakenyo Ako

        …so its very obvious why a greedy boxer like Mayweather is using the name of Manny even if he is fighting a different opponent in his next bout.

  • mao-tse-tung-tung-liit-uten

    “Pacquiao’s a has-been, his career is over; (but Juan) Manuel Marquez is a legend (and I commend him),” Mayweather told World Boxing News.


  • LizaAraneta

    Pacquiao is a fool for a lot of reasons:

    1. Wasted his time training and fighting Marquez.
    2. Greed made him enter politics.
    3. Success lured him into the world of gambling and women.
    4. The money he gave away for charity is a smoke-screen for his sins. Sin to his wife and family. Sin to his mother. Sin to his former Catholic faith. Sin to his trainer and coach.
    5. He was and until now a liar.

    • mao-tse-tung-tung-liit-uten


    • baguneta

      What money? What charity?

    • doncleo

      is Pacquiao a fool for fighting Marquez which earned him more than $ 20 million per fight?..did he lie to you?..he has tons of money to gamble…women fall for people with less money and not even popular?..does he not have a right to enjoy his hard earned money? Who are you to judge about his sins? maski na ano pa ang sabihin nyo nagdala si Pacquiao ng karangalan sa bayan natin, hindi sya kurakot na Congressman at lalong hindi sya tanga na kagaya ng iniisip natin.

  • Diepor

    Give me a real heavyweight fight.

  • jat2x

    Si duckweather naman ay “never been”…..he’s never been brave enough to face Pacman in the ring he he he!

    • mao-tse-tung-tung-liit-uten


      • Lemuel Vargas

        so am wondering..why would he always duck him for a fight?

      • jat2x

        Then the more your coward idol should face Pacman if he really is convinced that he can beat him.

  • Mike_Brown

    no doubt, manny a has been boxer.. couldn’t contain his popularity and went stereotype… becoming actor, host, politician, gambler, womanizer, pastor, etc…

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