Reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has finally responded to Floyd Mayweather’s recent “old man” comment.
At 41, Pacquiao is still being called out by younger world champions and top contenders in his division. Mikey Garcia, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford are all yearning for a showdown with the Pac-Man.
In fact, even UFC star Conor McGregor also wants a piece of him as he prepares for a boxing return. However, Pacquiao’s nemesis, Mayweather, claimed to see this whole scenario in a different way.
The undefeated champion recently commented on the subject and advised younger fighters to let “old man” Pacquiao pick his fights.
“It’s sad that you hear guys say, ‘I want to fight Manny Pacquiao’. But Manny Pacquiao is 41 now. Don’t chase him. You young guys chase each other,” Mayweather said.
“Stop chasing this old man. If the opportunity presents itself, go out and do what you got to do. Let Manny Pacquiao pick and choose who he wants to fight.”
Being a public servant in the Philippines, Pacquiao is still busy helping his country overcome the coronavirus crisis.
However, the eight-division champ managed to spare some time in addressing Mayweather’s “old man” claim and insisted that he had no problem rebuffing young contenders who wish to fight him after the pandemic or in the future.
Pacquiao also noted that Mayweather is just being envious of him because he is more active and is still a title holder.
“He (Mayweather Jr.) is just envious because he’s already retired. We’re still active and have a crown),” Pacquiao said in an interview on Monday.
When asked about retirement, Pacquiao dismissed the idea and stated that he has been in good condition. The Filipino legend even revealed that he just finished hitting the punching bag when the interview was held.
“Yes, I’m okay. No plans yet, no problem. Actually, I just finished hitting the punching bag,” Pacquiao revealed.
“No retirement yet. Yes, I’m still training. God is good all the time.”
The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch is still a fight everybody has been longing to witness. However, both parties have not reached an official agreement yet.