MANILA, Philippines – As far as Floyd Mayweather Jr. is concerned, Manny Pacquiao is no longer the fierce fighter he was once widely known for.
With just a few days left before his fight with Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana, Mayweather once again found an opportunity to take a swipe at Pacquiao, giving his thoughts on the Filipino’s latest fight.
In a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Mayweather admitted seeing highlights of Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley last April 13, which the fighting congressman convincingly won to crown himself WBO welterweight champion again.
But Mayweather isn’t impressed.
“I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots. Once again, I’m not saying this guy is doing anything, but I don’t see the same snap in his shots,” the undefeated boxer said.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are still two of the biggest names in boxing, and a showdown between them, although already long overdue, could still be the sports’ richest bout ever. Pacquiao had been vocal about his willingness to take on Mayweather, but the latter doesn’t have the same sentiment.
In the same report, Mayweather claimed Pacquiao ran out of steam against Bradley, something that wasn’t the case for the Filipino when he was still in his prime.
“He’s getting tired when he wasn’t getting tired before. I’m seeing something totally different whereas me, I’m still sharp, I’m still smart, I’m not getting fatigued. I wasn’t getting fatigued from the beginning, and those are the things that I see. I don’t know if you guys see it, but that’s what I see,” he ended.
Nothing in what Mayweather said indicates he wants a piece of Pacquiao, and chances of a megabuck fight happening between them remain slim.