It has been a while since Manny Pacquiao said anything of substance, or really anything at all. For some time now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been doing all the talking when it comes to Manny Pacquiao, recently stating:
“Pacquiao’s a has-been, his career is over; (but Juan) Manuel Marquez is a legend (and I commend him).”
Finally, Manny Pacquiao had something to say in response to Floyd’s rant, in defense of his boxing career and abilities in the ring:
“To us, he sounds cocky. He’s all talk. Why not stop the talk and say ‘let’s fight’ instead? I’m not a has been, I can still win fights,” stated Pacquiao.
Whether Pacquiao is or isn’t a shot fighter we have yet to discover. I think that the last Marquez fight should not be used to make any conclusive decisions, and his role as well as presence in boxing is still very avid. With a victory over Brandon Rios, Pacquiao’s stock would once again rise, even skyrocket, placing him back to top of the ladder, at least as far as popularity goes.
Is the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. fight still as lucrative and sought after as it was a few years back? Like it or not, believe it or not, the answer is yes. So many boxing fans claim that they have lost all their interest for that fight, and no longer want to hear or read anything on that topic, but come any news that spark the potential of it actually moving forward, and people are right back on the hype train.
If Pacquiao keeps winning, Mayweather Jr. will make that fight happen after his contract with Showtime is concluded.
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