Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an extremely lucrative bout between the 36-year-old Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs).
“I’ve stopped thinking about him because I don’t think he will fight me. I’ve been waiting four years already,” said Pacquiao, 34, who Mayweather called an irrelevant “has-been.”
Pacquiao was most recently knocked onto Queer Street by Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) in December.
Meanwhile, in an utterly brilliant showing, Mayweather unanimously outclassed Robert Guerrero on May 4 and pocketed $32 million for the mismatch.
As the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather is a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic.
In stark contrast to “Pretty Boy,” Pacquiao is a faded pugilistic legend who a neurologist claimed is exhibiting initial signs of Parkinson’s disease.
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.
However, although not an absolute “has been,” Manny Pacquiao is no longer capable of competing with the timeless Floyd Mayweather.by