By Cameron Temple
Despite it being seven years since Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao shared the ring, their rivalry is as strong as ever.
On Saturday night, Mayweather Jr will engage in his fourth exhibition bout since retiring from professional boxing, as he takes on MMA fighter, Mikuru Asakura, at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
At Friday’s press conference, Mayweather Jr’s old foe, Pacquiao, was in attendance to support his friend Asakura and things got a little heated.
The pair clashed back in 2015 in the highest grossing fight in boxing history, as Mayweather Jr came out on top by unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
It began when Mayweather Jr said, “There’s no blueprint on how to beat Floyd Mayweather, he can tell you that himself,” gesturing towards Pacquiao.
“When we talk about Hall-of-Famer,” Mayweather Jr continued, “he’s a Hall-of-Famer, but nobody has the blueprint on how to beat Floyd Mayweather.”
As if he had not made himself clear enough, Mayweather Jr finished by telling Pacquiao, “Don’t let them trick you into getting your ass whooped again.”
Pacquiao may be more mild mannered than Mayweather Jr, but he couldn’t resist getting at least one sly dig in, as he replied, “He’s older than me, I’m still young.”
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The eight division world champion then went on to remind the self-proclaimed ‘TBE’ [The Best Ever] that he has not done badly in boxing himself.
“What I have done and accomplished in boxing it’s one of a kind,” Pacquiao said, “because to get eight different weight divisions is not that easy.
“I’m not trying to boast what I have accomplished in life, but I am just saying this to repeat in case you forget.”
Pacquiao then added, “The best fighter in the world has humility.”
Ironically, Mayweather Jr then showed anything but humility in his response, although in fairness that is not really what he’s known for.
“When we talk about what’s going on inside that squared circle, I’m the best, no matter how you cut it or slice it,” Mayweather Jr said.
“No matter if you go one hundred years back or three hundred years back all the way to now, there’s only one best and that’s Floyd Mayweather.”
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