After Ali insult, Pac fans want KO

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Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are a good study in contrast, but their glaring difference is nowhere more evident in their respect — or lack of it—for the greatest icons of boxing.

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Last week, the self-absorbed Mayweather, who proclaims himself as “The Best Ever,” apparently crossed the line. He questioned the legacy of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson—undoubtedly the consensus greatest fighters of all time.

“No one can ever brainwash me to make me believe that Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali was better than me. No one could ever brainwash me and tell me that,” Mayweather told ESPN “First Take” co-host Stephen A. Smith.

Well, Ali may be 73 and can barely speak because of Parkinson’s disease, but the boxing legend showed he still has that trademark swagger and wit by posting on Monday afternoon his picture in the ring, with the caption, “ “Don’t you forget, I am the greatest!” #MuhammadAli.

While there’s no direct reference to Mayweather, the message is, well, right on the button.

Netizens quickly jumped in the fray as several fans urged Pacquiao to put the brash Mayweather in his proper place by knocking him out.
One poster called Mayweather “the great ducker.”

Larry Goss tweeted, “Ali fight everybody at the top of [their]game,” unlike Mayweather who avoided foes until they were past their primes, like Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley.

“He only ever fought in one weight class,” said Mayweather of Ali, in obvious reference to his titles at super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight.

The brash Mayweather also pointed out that Leon Spinks beat Ali after having fought only seven fights, and then tooted his own horn: “They’d never put a fighter in there with Floyd Mayweather with seven fights.”

In contrast, Pacquiao, who is known for his humility and respectfulness, paid homage to Ali and attended his 70th birthday bash in 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mayweather also belittled Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy being remembered as a brilliant ploy.

“So you gonna tell me that it’s cool to lay on the ropes and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you and then he basically fatigued? You hit him with a few punches and he go down and quit, and you want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not, not me,” he said.

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  1. Life is a three ring circus. Floyd is a performer par excellence…this is how he earns his money, braggart and pretend…Manny has its own way…womanizer turned preacher of the words from above. You see circus everywhere. Above the ring on May 2, will be a circus act…and will be repeated ( rematch ) because it is a circus..got it?

  2. What is wrong with being brash, i wonder if these people remember muhammad ali from his boxing days, he insulted other fighters, he belittled other fighters, lots of people wanted to see him beat beacuse of his big mouth.
    But it makes no difference, people can say what they think, its just an opinion. But filipinos are ruled by their heart & not their brain & come sunday most of you will be crying your eyes out when manny gets beaten, possibly by ko. So dont be surprised if your heart is tiotally wrong & maybe just maybe in the future you people will use your brain not your heart to think with, it works better.

    • well dustin, we all have to pick a side on this match. i choose to pick with my heart like what you said. this sunday we will see who will be crying out once one fighter hits the canvass. just dont cry your brain out.

  3. A prize fighter who does not chose and select his opponent is better than Floyd. A prize fighter who engages in whoever is the number one contender is better than Floyd. Names of some who does not dodge any prize fighter are Ali, Jersey Joe Walcot, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis, Leonard, Camacho, Morales, Tapia of course Manny and so, so many of them. Floyd Mayweather does not belong to these group.

  4. kaya nga ang pangalan niya ay mayweather ay sapagkat napakahangin niya. bagyo talaga sa yabang. Mahina pati ang ulo. Sabi ni mayweather ay iisa ang weight class na nilabanan ni ali. Heavyweight na nga eh. Eh anong itatawag sa next weight class? heavy-heavyweight?

  5. let him do the talking ……thats his trademark ///////lets just find out who is the greatest boxer of them all /???????

    • c’mon men,.. all thanks to Mayweather still.. if not for him, we will not be looking forward to see him go down this sunday. his personality brought all the excitement still.