On Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao showed once again why he was one of the greatest fighters in this era when he defeated Keith Thurman by split-decision. Pacquiao, 40, looked very fast and was impressive throughout the fight, which included a knockdown of Thurman in the first round.
Since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2015, Pacquiao is 5-1 in his last six fights. The Filipino legend only defeat was a controversial decision loss to Jeff Horn, a fight that many thought Pacquiao won.
So, what’s next for Pacquiao? Is it the winner of Spence-Porter? Could it be Danny Garcia, or could it be Mayweather?
Well, Pacquiao and Mayweather sparred on social media on Tuesday.
Here is what transpired:
Mayweather started with a right hand:
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I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao's name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it. This man's entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it's about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man's name hold weight of its own. For years, all you heard was that " Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao". But what's funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words! All of the so called boxing experts, critics and jealous American "fan base" either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. My take on all this bullshit is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano's record and hate the fact that a Black, high school dropout outsmarted you all by beating all odds and retiring undefeated while maintaining all my faculties simply by making smart choices and even smarter investments. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh!
Pacquiao responded with an overhand left:
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) July 24, 2019
Finally, Mayweather finished the conversation with a jab:
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SWIPE LEFT Let's stick to the facts! Bob Arum is no longer your promoter, so when it comes to @mayweatherpromotions & PBC events I’m the HNIC! Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you! I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do. You made $10Million for 12 rounds, when I just made $9M in under 3 minutes playing around in an exhibition with a pizza delivery guy! I beat you mentally, physically and financially! Remember, you fight cause you have to, I fight when I want to! #TMT #TBE #mayweatherpromotions @greg_tmt
Who knows what is going through Mayweather’s mind, but if he wants to earn another massive payday, fighting Pacquiao would make a lot of sense. Mayweather last fought in 2017 against Conor McGregor, so he has not been very active, which could be an advantage for Pacquiao. However, I would never doubt Mayweather, even at age 42.
Pacquiao is expected to fight again in 2020, and Mayweather continues to insist that he is retired, so maybe this fight won’t happen after all. However, if Mayweather changes his mind, there is a large pot of gold waiting for him.
After Pacquiao’s thrilling victory over Thurman, we talked to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and according to Ellerbe, Mayweather is not worried about fighting again.
“Floyd ain’t thinking about none of this sh**,” Ellerbe told Paul Gant.
Listen below as Ellerbe talks Pacquiao-Thurman, Gervonta Davis, Mayweather, and more: