With Manny Pacquaio having defeated Chris Algieri last weekend in comfortable fashion it hasn't taken long for his long-running feud with Floyd Mayweather to reignite.
War of words
After Pacquiao put forward the fight immediately after his win against Algieri, the US boxer threw the first metaphorical punches this week. Mayweather posted a video of Pacquaio being knocked out in a 2012 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez complete with Queen's 'Another one bites the dust' as its soundtrack.
And now the Filipino has responded. Back in the country of his birth the veteran fighter has called out Mayweather to finally enter the ring against him rather than simply mocking him on social media.
"He should fight me now, since I can be 'easily' put to sleep," exclaimed Pacquaio.
"He posted a video of me when I lost to Marquez, so this means he thinks I'm easy to knock out. So come on, let's fight."
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Discussion and speculation regarding a fight between the two greatest boxers of their generation has been ongoing for years with Mayweather originally the man more keen to take on his rival in the ring.
In recent time however it has been Pacquaio who has been on the front food in terms of championing the long-awaited bout - mentioning Mayweather so much over the past few months that the US fighter actually accused him of using his name in order to bump up interest in the Algieri fight.
And its not the first time their public bickering has found social media as its platform. Mayweather has posted images of Pacquiao's Marquez defeat in the past, whilst the Filipino has tweeted disparaging remarks about his nemesis on several occasions.
While public arguments between the two sides have been common place there is now actual belief that a fight between the pair is drawing ever closer.
Pacquaio's camp claimed earlier this year that negotiations were ongoing and with Mayweather having claimed he has just two fights left in his career it is widely expected that he will take on Pacquaio in order to cement his legacy as an all-time great.
The fight may not hold as much glamour as it once did but with so much pent up anger towards each other one thing is for certain - if and when the fight does come to fruition you can expect fireworks.
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