Floyd Mayweather has responded to the fight challenges laid down last weekend by China’s richest man Jack Ma, and old rival Manny Pacquiao.
A video posted to Twitter showed Ma sparring with Pacquiao, supposedly demonstrating both men’s preparedness for potential future bouts with 'Money'.
Pacquiao then turns to the camera and says: "Floyd Mayweather, if you want a real fight, fight me. If you want an exhibition, my guy, my friend, Jack Ma will take care of you."
Fifty five-year-old Ma, who founded the tech firm Alibaba and is worth an astonishing £29 billion, then adds: "I’m ready. Any time, any place. Manny’s team is ready."
The video suggests that both men want a slice of Mayweather; while Ma wants an exhibition scrap with the former multiple world title holder, Pacquiao seems to want a full-on rematch.
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Mayweather retired from boxing in 2015, but made a one-off return to the ring in 2017 to humble Conor McGregor, which secured him an incredible 50-0 all-time record.
The American’s most notorious battle came against Pacquiao in 2015’s ‘Fight of the Century’. Mayweather emerged victorious on points in what remains the richest boxing match in history.
Rumours of a potential rematch against the Filipino have been rumbling since last year, when Mayweather took on Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match, earning him $9 million.
However, when asked for his response to Pacquiao’s challenge in the video, Mayweather told TMZ, as per The Mirror: "I know what he (Manny) said. When he finally faces me, I’ll beat him."
On Ma, Mayweather responded: "Who? I don’t even know who he is."
Although the American’s response appears to brush aside Jack Ma as a potential opponent, it refuses to rule out another encounter with Pacquiao in the ring.
Time will tell whether Mayweather will take the bait this time.News Now - Sport News