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Floyd Mayweather Lambastes Manny Pacquiao Over Bizarre Rematch Announcement

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Floyd Mayweather Jr isn’t exactly thrilled by the announcement made by Manny Pacquiao about them having a rematch.

Mayweather and Pacquiao locked horns in the historic “Fight of the Century” match which took place on 2nd May 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Mayweather was the then WBA, WBC and The Ring welterweight champion, while Pacquiao was the WBO monarch at 147. “Money” won the fight via a unanimous decision.

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Nearly a decade later, with both fighters now retired, “PacMan” dropped a bombshell at RIZIN 45 on New Year’s Eve, claiming that a rematch between the two have been set for this year in Japan.

“I will see you here in Japan again, for a big fight. Floyd Mayweather, I thought you wouldn’t want me to say that. I am excited for that,” the former eight division world champion said at that time.

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Floyd Mayweather claims he got $4 million from the Pacquiao callout

Pacquiao’s statement has not been received well by Mayweather, as his response to the announcement during a recent appearance on The Pivot podcast reveals Mayweather wasn’t too enthusiastic about Pacquiao’s move, although he claimed to have pocketed $4 million just from the callout.

“When Manny Pacquiao spoke about that, he shouldn’t have because there’s a time and a place for everything,” said Mayweather. “It’s so crazy when he spoke about it. I could have easily come out and say, ‘Yeah you spoke about it I ain’t have to say nothing’. Just by him saying my name they gave me a cheque for $4 million.”

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“Who I mean you know. I don’t like to throw certain individuals under the bus but remember, he got famous because they said he could be the guy that could possibly dethrone the king,” added Mayweather. [H/T Mirror Online]

Mayweather only made two professional boxing appearances following the Pacquiao fight- against Andre Berto in September 2015 and in his final outing, the famed boxing match against Conor McGregor in August 2017, ending his career with a clean 50-0 record.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, had seven fights afterward with a 5-2 record, and in his last professional bout, he lost to Yordenis Ugás for the WBA (Super) welterweight belt in August 2021.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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