By Raj Parmar: Pound for pound number one Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KO’s) has responded to the recent rumors flowing in the boxing world regarding a potential mega-fight between himself and Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s).
Mayweather took the opportunity while responding to the rumors to subtlety jab at Manny regarding his brutal knockout loss a couple years ago to Juan Manuel Marquez.
“Right now I’m focused on the guy in front of me (Maidana), I think that that’s what happened in the Marquez-Manny fight,” Floyd explained to fighthype.com, “Manny was too focused on Floyd Mayweather instead of focusing on the guy that was in front of him. I’m not focused on Manny Pacquiao right now.”
Both Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum have been speaking regularly about a potential Mayweather-Pacquiao clash for 2015. A lot of people feel that Pacquiao and Arum are talking about the potential fight in an attempt to drum up interest for Manny’s upcoming defense against Chris Algieri, as Algieri is not very well known and Manny’s pay per view numbers are already down from what they used to be a few years ago.
On the other hand there are others that feel there is indeed truth to the rumors that the two will be stepping in the ring in the near future. Reports of Mayweather’s pay per view figures themselves being much lower than initially expected by the powers at Showtime sports have led people to think that Floyd may be heavily pressured to step in the ring with Manny next year; as the financial rewards will no doubt be the largest possible from that fight versus any other fight.
Whatever the case really is, it is clear that Pacquiao is more willing to talk about Mayweather than Mayweather is to talk about Pacquiao. Whether it’s because of focus, fear or financials remains to be seen; but the one thing Mayweather is eager to mention when Manny’s name comes up is the devastating loss he took to Marquez back in 2012.