Floyd Mayweather feels badly for Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has spent the better part of the last few years avoiding Manny Pacquiao in the ring, but he has sent plenty of verbal jabs the Filipino’s way. Maybe Mayweather is maturing, because he actually expressed compassion for Pacquiao after Pac-Man lost to Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday.

Mayweather did not see the fight, but he did offer some praise and encouragement for the former champion.

“Marquez is a true champion, Manny Pacquiao is a true champion, both of them went out there and put on a good performance, and that’s a good thing for the sport of boxing,” Mayweather told Fight Hype.

“I wish Pacquiao nothing but the best. I wish that he can bounce back and he can recoup from this. In the sport of boxing, you have to really dedicate yourself to your craft. You have to really, really dedicate yourself to your craft. I think he’s got so many different things on the outside that he worries about, you know. But it was a good thing that he was able to come into the sport, you know, piggyback off my name, and get a bunch of endorsement deals and make a good living. That’s a great thing.”

Maybe Mayweather finally feels relief from the pressure he faced to fight Pacquiao and suddenly feels he can be supportive. Then again, Mayweather also stroked his ego with a backhanded compliment to Pacquiao, saying the Filipino piggybacked off his name. That isn’t at all true; Pacquiao is a hero in the Philippines, has an enormous fan base, and his hero status is independent of Floyd.

But Floyd is onto something regarding Pacquiao’s focus. Manny has so many other interests outside boxing– including a career in politics– that it makes one question how dedicated he is to the sport. Even his trainer Freddie Roach has expressed concern about that.

As for the $100 million question: Is Floyd interested in finally fighting Pac-Man? He answered that, saying it’s not something Pacquiao should be worried about.

“Pacquiao’s focus should be trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up fights so he can bounce back,” he told Fight Hype. “I’m not here to talk bad about Pacquiao. I feel bad for him, honestly. I really feel bad for him. There’s a difference in the ways you can get knocked out. See, when a guy gets knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, they rub his back, he go home and ice himself, you know, he go to the hospital and get checked out and he’s okay, that’s one thing. But when you gotta wake a guy up with smelling salt and he got a concussion and he gotta go to the hospital over night, that’s crucial. I mean, that’s close to the death.”

Sounds like we’re not going to be seeing Floyd vs. Manny any time soon. And after the way Saturday’s fight went, there might even be more of a public interest in a fifth Pacquiao-Marquez bout anyhow.

“My prayers go out to the Pacquiao family. I know he loves the sport of boxing, so hopefully he can bounce back.”
Admit it, those are words you never thought you’d hear Mayweather say.

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  • SpinMax

    eye of the tiger

  • http://twitter.com/PHILLYHOODCHEF Savage Life

    mayweather still cherry picking fights and avoiding Manny Pacquiao. at least he was somewhat humble

  • http://www.facebook.com/tarikasim Tarik Asim

    Floyd avoided Manny?? More like Arum avoided Floyd so the Manny Money Train wouldn’t stop. Get a grip homeboy.  I guess you still think Manny is in Floyd’s league.  Not!

  • http://www.facebook.com/yemar.white Yemar White

    Floyd Mayweather is the greatest boxer of our generation. Face it, if Pacquiao can not beat Marquez, there is no way he will be able to beat Floyd. Mayweather is the reason why boxing is still alive. No Floyd no pay per view fights generating millions of dollars. Face it, the game needs Floyd like basketball needed Jordan. 

    Pacquiao lost fair and square twice to Marquez. Pacquiao is a great fighter, however has always been overrated. He is not the pay per view King like Floyd and never will be. I learned about Pacquiao following Floyd Mayweather like millions of others. Congratulations to Marquez on an outstanding victory. Pacquiao is history.

  • http://twitter.com/crom1016 Crom 1016

    Pacquiao cherry picking weights to fight at and it caught up to him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5H3UNLE66SJPHFZUA3E77IXFC4 Shevin

    Actually shithead pacquiao has been cherry picking fights.  Come on man he has fought the same fighter 4 times and now they are talking about 5.  He thought he was going to win that’s why he took that.  He has been dodging other fighters out there.  Last fight he picked Bradley.  I knew that was a mismatch although pac really won and they gave it to Bradley.  

  • TimMcDonald

    Floyd would have exposed this guy and in a big way. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Smith/100003927837470 Jane Smith

    What is wrong with these athletes who can’t speak or write English? Very sad.

  • JuniKen

    People such as this commentator will always follow a predetermined route, a concensus already established, the path already traveled.  Manny Pacquiao has accomplished more than any other boxer in history.  This is fact.  Only one other fighter can be held in the same regard.  Floyd Mayweather.  Both deserve due credit.  To acknowledge anything less of either fighter is to show unrestrained bias or stupidity.

    Furthermore, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather really have nothing left to prove in the sport of boxing.  The difference of either fighter is subtle but significant.  Manny Pacquiao fights for the people.  He fights because he feels a sense of duty and obligation to entertain the people who have given him a chance at life.  He fights without regard to self, without hesitation because it is what he does and who he is. Perhaps people cannot understand these characteristics in him because the same honorable traits are not present within themselves.   He fights for honor and pride.  Floyd Mayweather fights for money.  He fights to position himself higher in society.  He fights for himself.  I respect both as fighters but only 1 truly as someone to hold in high regard as a human being. 

  • qbu

    I smell the rats in that one punch knock out… must be some sort of strenght enhancement going on for a 40 years old boxer to deliver a punch that explosive…