Manny Pacquiao says Floyd Mayweather is ‘scared to death’ of rematch

Posted 09/12/2022

“He’s scared out of his mind,” he told Manny Pacquiao FightHype, “this is my analysis of him.” The legendary fighter is talking about Floyd Mayweather, who he claims has no interest in facing him in a rematch of their 2015 superfight. Though he officially retired from boxing after losing to Yordenis Ugas in 2021, Pacquiao sounds in the interview like he was seriously considering a return. Since he lost the bid for the Philippine presidency, the now 43-year-old Pacquiao has been keeping fit, playing basketball and going to the gym regularly. This weekend, he will face martial artist DK Yoo in a South Korean exhibition to earn money for charity.

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While Mayweather has been fighting in exhibition bouts for some time, he’s given no indication of returning to the pro ranks – and, admittedly, with good reason. Like Pacquiao, Mayweather is now well into his forties, well past the prime years of a fighter. Pacquiao, however, remains unhappy that he lost to Mayweather more than seven years ago and longs for a second fight. Yet Pacquiao revealed something else notable in the FightHype interview – the fact that he’s willing (or willing?) to face contemporary welterweight bosses Terence Crawford and Errol Spence.

“I can fight Crawford or Spence,” he said. “I’m eager to fight them to test them, if they really are a champion.” With Crawford-Spence’s mega talks on the wane last fall, none of the current welterweight titlists appear to have a top-tier opponent on the horizon (unless you count Keith Thurman), though few would give Pacquiao a chance against both men at this point in time. Pacquiao, however, certainly appears confident in the interview with FightHype. “I’m still here,” she says, “even though I’ve been retired for over a year.”


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