The two legends squared off in the most lucrative boxing match in history back in 2015 , but Pacquiao couldn’t find a spot for Mayweather on his ‘Mt. Rushmore’ of the sport
Manny Pacquiao has aimed another shot at rival Floyd Mayweather, omitting the 50-0 legend from his “Mount Rushmore” list.
The Filipino boxing star is returning to the ring on Saturday night to face Yordenis Ugas in a world title fight, more than seven years after facing Mayweather.
The pair squared off in what is still the most lucrative boxing event in history, selling over 4.6million domestic pay-per-views and breaking gate records for their event.
But even despite their history together, and Mayweather’s phenomenal record that includes Pacquiao himself, Canelo Alvarez, Ricky Hatton and Conor McGregor, the American couldn’t make his list.
“Roy Jones Jr, Julio Cesar Chavez, Muhammed Ali and I will not include myself so Sugar Ray Leonard,” Pacquiao said when asked for his top four fighters in no particular order.
Mayweather is one of the most decorated boxers of all time, and would almost certainly make most other fans and fighters’ lists, but he and Pacquiao have never seen eye-to-eye.
He won their 2015 bout after an impressive display of defensive fighting that left fans watching in the arena and at home frustrated, and before a rematch could be organised, Mayweather retired.
The American returned once in a professional capacity to fight Conor McGregor in 2017, going 50-0 before hanging up the competitive gloves once and for all.
He has since participated in two exhibition bouts against Tenshin Nasukawa and YouTube star Logan Paul, going the distance with the social media influencer earlier this year.
The pair reportedly were in talks for a rematch in 2018, but Mayweather ultimately faced kickboxer Nasukawa in Japan on New Years’ Eve.
And Pacquiao has demanded that if they were to meet again, it would have to be a full professional bout that goes on their respective records.
“We would like to fight Mayweather one more time,” Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Roach told Sky Sports.
“But exhibitions? No. Manny is not into that, we are just going one fight at a time.
“The thing about Manny? He is not just going to pick some guy with a high rating because the world loves him.
“Manny wants to fight real fighters. He will challenge the best.”
However, Mayweather won’t be on Pacquiao’s mind for the next few days as he focuses his attentions on Ugas and winning the world title.
Pacquiao currently holds the record for the oldest winner of the welterweight world title, beating Keith Thurman at 40.
But he is now looking to beat that record at 42, facing Ugas for the vacant belt at the T-Mobile Arena.
“I am excited to win another world championship on Saturday. I don’t care who has the belt right now, we’ll see who walks out of the ring with it,” Pacquiao said ahead of the bout.
“Being out of the ring has given me time to rest, but also to get motivated like in my early days. I can’t wait to display it all on fight night.”