Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes he knows why Manny Pacquiao continues to fight.
Mayweather is 43 and has only fought once since Sept. 2015. That fight came against Conor McGregor, who is an champion MMA fighter and had never previously had a pro boxing fight.
By contrast, Pacquiao is 41 and has fought six times since facing Mayweather in 2015.
So why does Pac-Man continue to fight? Mayweather says “money” is the reason.
“Pacquiao fight because he have to. Once again, I fight if I want to, so there’s a difference,” Mayweather said in an interview posted by Fight Hype on YouTube.
Mayweather says he has gotten so big that it’s only worth it to him to fight if it’s against someone with a whole country behind them, like McGregor with Ireland, or even Pacquiao with the Philippines. Still, Mayweather says he is a businessman now and prioritizes his health over everything; it’s just not worth it for him to box.
Pacquiao has long had a massive entourage and been extremely generous with his money, which could explain why he continues to fight. The senator has some more pressing matters to focus on for the time being though.
“As far as I know, we never talked about politics,” Pacquiao told The Manila Times. “The last time we talked on Zoom, Bob discussed possible fight schedules, but never about politics. Our discussion was all about boxing.”
Pacquiao also turned the focus of the conversation towards unity.
“This is not the time for politics. The country has so much problems, what we need is unity and cooperation in order to mitigate the difficulties of our countrymen,” he said, according to a translation.
If Arum says Pacquiao talked about being president, but Pacquiao is denying that, what is the truth? It’s likely Pacquiao told Arum that in confidence, and Arum said something Pacquiao did not intend to go public. That explanation seems to align with Pacquiao saying the focus should be on unifying the country.
“The first president I think we’ll get as a fighter is little Manny Pacquiao, who told me, once again. I did a Zoom telephone call with him, ‘Bob, I’m gonna run in 2022 and, when I win, I want you there at my inauguration,'” Arum says Pacquiao told him.
Pacquiao, 41, is 62–7–2 in his pro boxing career. He has fought three times since 2019 and won all three. He is immensely popular in his home country, so it might not be a big surprise to see him win the high office when the time comes.
Manny Pacquiao grew up poor in the Philippines and rose to international stardom as a boxer before becoming a senator in his home country. He knows what life is like at the bottom and the top, and he is working to help out his country as it battles the coronavirus pandemic.
The Filipino boxer/politician has already given 700,000 masks to those on the front lines; partnered with Jack Ma to provide 50,000 COVID-19 test kits; and he has donated five buses to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to help them provide free rides to healthcare workers.
Pacquiao is trying to show leadership and provide a good example for his country during the pandemic. He told the Manila Bulletin that he is “not afraid to die”, and that is part of why he is helping.
“If you are a leader, you have to be a frontliner,” he said.
Pacquiao has always been extremely generous with people in his country and is making that clear once again. The 41-year-old was expecting to fight again this summer, but those plans are on hold, as are the plans of so many during these times.
After scoring his first career victory at welterweight, Mikey Garcia has some high hopes for his next fight.
The former four-division world champ defeated Jessie Vargas via unanimous decision on Saturday at 147 pounds. Garcia scored a knockdown in the fifth round and landed the better, cleaner shots for much of the night.
After the bout, Garcia said that he wanted to continue at 147 and mentioned Manny Pacquiao or a rematch with Errol Spence Jr, who dealt him his first career loss in March of last year, as potential options for his next fight.
“I think I have great options. I would love to fight Pacquiao or a rematch with Spence. I’d like to continue campaigning at 147.” -Mikey
The 32-year-old Garcia began his career at featherweight and was fighting at lightweight as recently as 2018. He has always looked most comfortable at the 135-140 range, but Saturday’s win at welterweight clearly emboldened him. Pacquiao, meanwhile, has other, grander possibilities in play at the moment, but a bout against Garcia would make for a very compelling clash of styles.
Could a crossover fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor be in the works? That sure seems possible.
Paradigm Sports Management announced on Tuesday that Pacquiao has signed with them to solidify the final years of his boxing career.
“I am proud to partner with Paradigm Sports Management and am excited for the opportunities that Audie Attar and PSM have to offer,” Pacquiao said in a statement. “One thing I want everyone to remember is to always think positively. Never think negatively; that is the beginning of your downfall. Everything is possible”.
Attar, who is the company’s president and CEO, shared the news on social media.
Incredibly proud to announce that @ParadigmSM is officially representing Manny Pacquiao. I’d like to thank everyone involved in this, including our partners Arnold, Ping, Atty Brando, Jayke and the rest of Team Pacquiao back in Manila. Cannot wait to work together. #GPpic.twitter.com/EhS6b5jmdQ
Paradigm represents several big-name MMA fighters such as McGregor, Israel Adesanya and Cris Cyborg. Attar is credited with helping set up McGregor’s big boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather two and a half years ago that generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys.
There has been speculation that Pacquiao could fight McGregor, and that Floyd Mayweather could face the winner if he wanted. Dana White has talked about doing things with Mayweather in 2020, possibly through White’s boxing promotion.
Pacquiao, 41, is 62-7-2 in his professional boxing career. He has won his last three fights in a row, including a July victory over Keith Thurman.