The explosive Filipino southpaw has hit back strongly at undefeated Floyd Mayweather after the latter branded him a 'has-been' and said his 'career was over'.
The comments were made by Mayweather during his 10-day press tour promoting his eagerly anticipated upcoming clash with Saul Alvarez.
Manny Pacquiao, who lost in points under seriously controversial circumstances to Timothy Bradley, before being knocked out during his fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, is set to fight Brandon Rios in November.
Pacquaio has challenged Mayweather to fight him if both men are successful in their scheduled bouts.
Pacquiao, who for many years was considered Mayweather’s greatest rival for the crown of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, also made it clear that his recent loss to Marquez was due to a 'lucky punch'.
According to Boxingscene.com, whilst speaking to ABS-CBN News Pacquiao responded to Mayweather’s less than flattering comments by saying:
“To us, he sounds cocky. He’s all talk. Why not stop the talk and say ‘let’s fight’ instead?
“I’m not a ‘has been.’ I can still win fights. I lost because I took a hit. I wasn’t beaten up…it was just a lucky punch, which is part of the game.”
Pacquiao’s comments, though hardly to be regarded as a concrete gauntlet laid down for Mayweather, will no doubt excite boxing fans who still hold a forlorn hope that one day the two men will engage in battle inside the ring.
Should Mayweather beat Alvarez and Pacquiao restore order with victory over Rios though, Mayweather might have no choice left but to indulge his fans wishes in opting for the biggest mega-fight the world will have ever witnessed.
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