An irate Floyd Mayweather Jr. said “he doesn’t know” Jack Ma, responding to the Chinese billionaire’s video with his archrival Manny Pacquiao taunting him to fight.
“Who? I don’t know who he is,” Mayweather (50-0 win-loss record with 27 knockouts) told TMZ Sports on Tuesday when asked how much money Ma, the Alibaba co-founder, needs to pay him to agree to an exhibition fight with the business tycoon.
Ma has no background in boxing, but is a devoted practitioner of the Chinese martial art of tai chi chuan.
“I know what he (Pacquiao) says, I know what he says. He says when you finally face me, I’ll beat him,” Mayweather said.
The retired, unbeaten American boxer, though, did not comment on whether a second fight with Pacquiao is possible.
In a 27-second video posted on Instagram on Sunday, Pacquiao (62-7-2 win-loss-draw record with 39 knockouts) with Ma, taunted Mayweather: “Floyd Mayweather if you want a real fight, fight me. If you want an exhibition, my guy, my friend Jack Ma will take care of you. They real Manny team.”
Ma, shown in the video hitting the pads said: “Yeah, I’m ready anytime, any place. Manny team is ready.”
Pacquiao and his family went to Hangzhou, China on Saturday to meet Ma, returned to Manila on Monday then flew to South Korea for a vacation. They will return to the country next week.
A reliable source inside the Pacquiao camp told The Manila Times on Friday that there’s indeed an ongoing negotiation between Pacquiao and Mayweather for a possible rematch.