Floyd Mayweather, in and out of the ring, has never been one to back away from confrontation and the US boxer continued this philosophy on Friday morning as he mocked long time rival Manny Pacquiao via social media.
Posting a picture showing the Filipino veteran hitting the canvas on three separate occasions during his 2012 defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, Mayweather went on to call out Pacquiao with the accompanying message - taking shots at his poor form and dwindling support:
"My new boxing DVD is coming soon and is called "3 Ways to Sleep". Back, Face and Butt and I'm Falling & I Can't Get Up. Miss Pac Man is broke and desperate for a pay day. Your Pay-Per-View numbers are a joke."
Floyd Mayweather is of course widely known for his penchant for sparking arguments and confrontation pretty much out of thin air but, in this instance at least, he was not acting without provocation.
Mayweather's attack on Pacquiao comes just hours after the latter used his own social media channels to take a shot at his US rival - citing Mayweather's recent NSAC testimony in which the boxer claimed that incidents shown on his 'Showtime's All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2' show had been faked.
"@FloydMayweather's testimony to the commission on All Access' authenticity tells me everything I need to know about his desire to fight me," wrote Pacquiao on Wednesday evening via his official Twitter account.
Mayweather clearly took exception to the comments from his long time nemesis, and in fairness to the veteran there seems little correlation between his testimony and the viability of a hugely anticipated Mayweather-Pacquaio bout.
Will they ever fight?
Whilst boxing fans are always interested to see the latest developments in the ongoing Mayweather-Pacquiao saga all anyone really wants is to see the two greats finally get in the ring together and fight.
Despite both now being past their peak (a point Floyd Mayweather was making regarding his potential opponent with his Instagram post) any bout between the two would still be a huge draw around the world.
Manny Pacquiao, speaking at a press conference ahead of his November bout against Chris Algeiri, claimed both sides were in negotiations regarding a potential fight only for Mayweather to deny such claims in the days following.
The US fighter though hasn't exactly played down a Pacquiao fight in recent days, mentioning the Filipino in the aftermath of his re-match win over Marcos Maidana this past weekend.
The main stumbling block seems to be Manny Pacquiao's promoter, and Top Rank boss, Bob Arum however, a man with whom Mayweather has cut all ties in recent years following a major fall out.
So it looks like for the time being we are going to have to make do with the two going at it over the internet rather than going toe to toe in the ring. With Mayweather involved though that is still pretty entertaining.
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