FORMER world pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has called undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. a coward for refusing to let their dream fight happen.
Pacquiao said Mayweather is envious and insecure of his ring accomplishments, including being the only boxer in the world to hold eight world titles in various weight divisions.
Mayweather “is just a coward, insecure and envy my accomplishments. I don’t like to bite his gimmicks and I just want to
understand him, although it’s too much,” Pacquiao when interviewed by The Manila Times via a DZAR Sunshine Radio phone patch on Thursday night.
The 34-year-old Pacquiao believes that whatever happens, the Grand Rapids native won’t fight him and will continue to make a lot of excuses in order to avoid the megabout, which the boxing world has been craving for since 2009.
“But I’m really thankful that he always remember me in some ways,” he said.
In Internet reports, Mayweather Jr. (45-0 card with 26 knockouts) has told Pacquiao to leave the Top Rank Promotion first before signing a fight with him.
He has also cited the drug testing procedures and argument over dividing pay-per-view profits for taking on Pacquiao.
“Top Rank already allowed us to directly negotiate with them [Mayweather] before but they never communicated with us,” said the boxer-turned-Sarangani congressman. “Mayweather Jr. is saying a lot of negative things against me but he doesn’t like to fight.”
Pacquiao (55-5-2 win-loss-draw card with 38 knockouts) said he is ready to agree to Mayweather’s 60-40 pay-per-view sharing if ever he offers it again.
“We will consider everything but until now, they don’t like to fight. At the same time, people are saying the fight between us needs a trilogy, but how can it be possible if he’s not going to fight me first,” said Pacquiao.
Pacquiao said he and trainer Freddie Roach is not discussing any release from the Top Rank Promotion since the boxer still has a year left in his contract with Top Rank’s Bob Arum.
Mayweather said Pacquiao should have worked for Al Haymon instead of Arum.