Boxing: Pacquiao takes jab at Mayweather over New Year’s Eve cakewalk


TORONTO – Manny Pacquiao has been fully focused on next
weekend’s fight with Adrien Broner but on Thursday the Filipino
8-division world champion still found time to take a subtle jab
at Floyd Mayweather.

Pacquiao, who has been repeatedly asked about a possible
rematch with Mayweather, pulled no punches when commenting on
his former foe’s one-sided New Year’s Eve exhibition victory
over a Japanese kickboxer that lasted 2 minutes.

“It’s my first time to see an exhibition where you knock your
opponent out,” WBA welterweight champion Pacquiao, 40, told a
conference call to promote his Jan. 19 fight against American
Broner.

“Supposedly an exhibition is just to entertain people, nothing
serious, for 3 rounds. But that’s what I understand about
exhibitions.”

It was the second time in as many weeks that Pacquiao has taken
a shot at Mayweather – who said he earned $9 million for
fighting Tenshin Nasukawa – with the Filipino having also
tweeted after the fight that his New Year’s resolution would be
to “only fight experienced opponents who are my size or
bigger.”

There has been speculation about a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch
ever since the American scored a unanimous decision in their
2015 bout that was dubbed “The Fight of the Century” but never
lived up to its billing.

Some pundits have even suggested that Pacquiao’s WBA
welterweight title defense against Broner is an ideal tune-up
for such a rematch since the 29-year-old American has a
defensive style that many experts feel is similar to
Mayweather.

“Let me clarify, Adrien Broner is not a tune-up fight. He is a
former champion. He is fast and he’s a good boxer,” said
Pacquiao. “That’s why I don’t want to talk about my next fight
until I finish this business against Adrien Broner.”

Mayweather, 41, retired in 2017 with a 50-0 record and said on
Instagram in September that a rematch of the much-hyped 2015
fight with Pacquiao would take place. The post included a video
of the pair talking to each other at a Tokyo music festival.

Pacquiao may be eyeing a lucrative rematch with Mayweather but
he refused to shows his cards and said such talk would have to
wait until after next week’s welterweight title defense.

“I have no problem fighting anybody as long as there is no
problems with the negotiations,” said Pacquiao. “My plan is
just one at a time.” 

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