Manny Pacquiao recently stirred up the boxing community when he challenged Floyd Mayweather to fight him for free, suggesting that the two donate all revenue generated from a super-fight to charity.
Pacquiao’s comments will likely go down as one of the strangest call outs in history since his words served no purpose in terms of bring the elusive super-fight closer.
Don’t bother telling the Filipino congressman’s loyal supporters that though. To them, if Mayweather doesn’t accept Pacquiao’s childlike offer, it’ll serve as irrefutable evidence that boxing’s pound-for-pound king is a coward.
There are many others who have a different take on the offer heard around the world though. Floyd’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather, is one of them, and he gave his take on Pacquiao’s offer to fight for charity during a recent interview with PBInsider Videos.
“All that was a new way of begging for the fight, that’s all that was,” Mayweather responded when asked for his thoughts on Pacquiao’s recent offer. “Nobody fights for free. … There are two reasons [why the fight never happened]. The first reason is: when Floyd first asked to fight Manny, Manny refused the drug test. The second time, Floyd offered him $40 million — more money than he’s ever seen in his life — and he turned it down because he thought they were equals, on the same playing field. Now you’re in a situation in which you need Floyd. Floyd doesn’t need you, what does he need you for? It happened twice. The fight should have taken place already.”
Jeff also admitted that things have now gotten personal between Floyd and Manny due to their history.
“I think part of it is personal,” Mayweather added. “It’s even more personal because he [Pacquiao] is with Bob [Arum] because Floyd and Bob don’t get along. That’s the business side of things. The thing is: Floyd wants to promote a fight where he calls all the shots. You can’t call all the shots when you have another guy that’s a promoter who wants his share too.”
While some in the boxing community feel Mayweather needs a win against Pacquiao to cement his legacy, Jeff sees things differently. As far as he’s concerned, Floyd has already secured his legacy as the greatest boxer of his generation with the boxing clinic he gave Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September.
“To be honest, I think Floyd already fought the best, and that was Canelo,” Mayweather added. “When he fought Canelo, he proved it to the world [that he was the best]. He fought a good young lion that’s the best in the division by far, and he’s a future superstar. Everybody thought he really had a chance, and when Floyd dominated him the way he did, now the truth is really out there that Floyd is the truth, and that — to be honest — none of these guys at 154, none of these guys at 147, really has anything more that a puncher’s chance. That’s it.”