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There has been a tremendous amount of back-and-forth talk between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather throughout the years. Excuses from both sides have piled up and stood in the way of the most lucrative bout in boxing history.
But Pac is usually the softer spoken one who simply states that he’s ready to fight at anytime, while Mayweather often spends time belittling Pacquiao and coming up with a laundry list of stipulations in order for their fight to take place.
Lately though, Pacquiao seems to be tired of playing Mr. Nice Guy and has fired off some shots at the reigning pound-for-pound king.
Speaking with Jerry Izenberg of The Star Ledger, Pacquiao recently dug into Mayweather and his “antics.”
“I think I finally understand him.. What he says, how he acts, and I don’t like it. But what l learned and heard from him, well, I realize why he is like that. I understand sometimes when the people are not educated they just talk to talk. He sets a very bad example.”
Interesting. Given the fact that Pacquiao has turned over a new leaf and become a more God fearing man–at least in the public eye–it’s interesting to hear him talk about Mayweather in this way.
Don’t get me wrong, I love it. If this fight is going to happen, we need both sides to get testy. Nobody needs to give Freddie Roach a reason to get feisty, but the fact that Pacquiao is throwing verbal darts has me excited.
Pacquiao also recently spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle, which gives us some insight into the fact that he may finally be fed up with the Mayweather talk.
“Of course, I want this fight… People have always been bothering me, ‘When is this fight going to happen? When is this fight going to happen?’ I am ready to fight Floyd anytime.”
While Bob Arum recently made claims that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao could happen up to twice in 2015, all of this is certainly premature.
Both fighters have challengers to defeat in 2014 and it remains to be seen if networks and promotional companies can come to an agreement.
Amazingly though, even after so many years and even after Pacquiao’s devastating KO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez, the demand is still there for this fight to take place and make a stupid amount of money for both sides. Oh yeah, and it’ll probably be a really good fight.
Let’s hope it happens.