Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an extremely lucrative bout between Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs).
“Manny Pacquiao had a chance to make the fight in the past and basically, that’s the best place I’d like to leave it,” said Mayweather, 36, who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007. “Now, I’m feeling like I wouldn’t even give him a chance… He had a chance, he blew it, so that’s what it is.”
Mayweather unanimously outclassed Robert Guerrero on May 4 and pocketed $32 million for the mismatch.
A five-division, eight-belt capturer, “Pretty Boy” is slated to scrap Saul Alvarez on September 14 in “Sin City.”
As the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather is a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao was most recently knocked onto Queer Street by Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) in December.
Hoping to compete for another “two or three years,” the Filipino says a match against Mayweather remains “important.”
“The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” will face Brandon Rios on November 24 at the CotaiArena in Macau, China.
Battling in front of thousands of passionate Asian supporters, Pacquiao should manage to finish the inferior Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) within 11 rounds this autumn.
Nevertheless, Pacquiao is a faded pugilistic legend who a neurologist claimed is exhibiting initial signs of Parkinson’s disease.
Unfortunately for prizefighting fans, Manny Pacquiao will ultimately retire without having the timeless Floyd Mayweather on his “boxing record.”by