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Mayweather: Pacquiao and I are not on the same level


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MANILA, Philippines — Floyd Mayweather Jr. claimed that Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is just not on the same level as he is, which could be another indication of how far apart the negotiations are for the megafight.

The American boxer said in a video interview with Fighthype.com on Thursday that as much as they are being mentioned in the same breath in the boxing world, he doesn’t see Pacquiao as an equal.

“You know, a lot of times, it’s hard to make fights…when you got a guy that when they keep trying to say, this guy Pacquiao is on the same level as Floyd Mayweather, I say, well, me, honestly, in my eyes, that’s not true,” he said.

Talks about a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, which has been shelved a couple of times in the past five years as talks always fell through, resounded anew after Pacquiao got back on the winning track last November against Brandon Rios.

Shortly after that comeback win, Pacquiao, who celebrated his 35th birthday last December 17, said that he is willing to fight anybody.

“My job is to fight and I will fight anybody who will fight me. I am willing to fight Floyd so it’s up to him,” Pacquiao said in an interview.

But with Pacquiao’s clash against Rios in China only generating 450,000 pay-per-views buys, paling in comparison to his defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 which hit 1.15 million, it would be harder to negotiate for an even purse.

And Mayweather is well aware of his edge in PPV numbers, drawing as much as 2.2 million buys against Saul Canelo last September.

“My pay-per-view number still is the best of any fighter in the history of the sport,” Mayweather said in the same interview posted on YouTube.

While he knows Pacquiao is more commercially successful, with endorsements left and right, here and in the United States, Mayweather also said that it wasn’t the gauge of greatness.

“I didn’t need a Nike check on my back, I didn’t need a Nike Commercial. I didn’t need a Hennessy commercial,” said the undefeated 36-year-old boxer.

“But still, once we did our homework, we look at the numbers, Floyd didn’t need Nike. I never needed Nike or Hennesy, to run me a hundred thousand commercials, ’cause that still don’t define greatness.”


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  • Michael Ma

    Mayweather admitted on a live radio interview (just google it) that he dodges fights that he may lose, or may shorten his career from damage taken. His fans would say he’s fighting smart, people that don’t like him would say he’s overrated. When his opponent is finally in the dumps, for example Pacquiao turns 45 and loses 5 fights straight, then Mayweather will finally fight Pacquiao. That’s how he operates. Again, for some, he’s fighting smart and for other he’s way overrated. I vote for the latter.

  • PHtaxpayer

    He is a typical American basing his opinion on how much money he can earn…if he makes more than Pacquiao then he is better. Many pinoys also have this warped sense of value…if the Americans are giving us aid and making us happy with their moves, then they can have free unrestricted access to our territiry. Money is the root of all evil. Its the priceless things we should value more.

  • rash

    Of course, you are not in the same level. All people know that. Pacquiao is a fighter, you’re a runner! Coward!!!

  • AIbert_Einstein

    “Judge me by how many MILLIONS in TAX money i was able to evade” – Manny Pacquiao, is that you? Dude, Mayweather may be bad-ass but he pays his taxes well unlike Pacquiao. Did you know that by Rios not dropping to the canvas people got RICHER!! Did Manny Pacquiao bet on that odd in Las Vegas? Oh boy… kung sabagay Manny Pacquiao is a Politician in the Philippines.

    • elyu

      Maybe you mean punkass and not badass.

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