|Floyd Mayweather Jr. blasts Manny Pacquiao anew.
Unbeaten Mayweather cites 'superior PPV numbers'
MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to distance himself from rival Manny Pacquiao, claiming that the Filipino superstar has yet to reach his level.
The controversial boxer declared that it would be hard to make the megafight because he doesn’t view Pacquiao as his equal.
“You know a lot of times, it's hard to make fights... you got a guy, you try to compare this guy, Pacquiao at the same level with Floyd Mayweather,” Mayweather said in a video interview with Fight Hype.
“I say, well... in my eyes, that's not true.”
Although Mayweather admitted that Pacquiao may have been commercially successful through his product endorsements, the undefeated American fighter claimed that he never needed any of those commercial deals to become popular.
Mayweather got all of his earnings from boxing, unlike Pacquiao, who has already transcended boxing and became an endorser of international brands, including Nike, Hennessy, and Hewlett-Packard.
“I didn't need a Nike check on my back, I didn't need a Hennessy commercial. Once we did our homework, Floyd didn't need Nike and I don't have anything that is Nike,” said Mayweather.
“I don't need Hennessy to run me a hundred thousand [dollar] commercial, 'cause they don’t define greatness.”
Mayweather also said no one, not even Pacquiao, could match his drawing power in the pay-per-view market.
“My pay-per-view numbers are still, is the best of any fighter in the history of the sport,” said Mayweather, who recorded 2.2 million pay-per-view buys in his skirmish against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September.
Pacquiao, who came back from a knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, only managed 450,000 PPV buys during his dominant win over Brandon Rios last November.
The Filipino boxer earlier said he will try to strike a deal with Mayweather’s camp.
“Hindi naman tayo umaatras… wala namang problema, kasi kaming mga boksingero, ang trabaho namin ay lumaban (We never back out from a fight… there’s no problem, because we boxers make a living as fighters),” said the Filipino.
But Pacquiao admitted he can't do anything if Mayweather doesn’t want to fight.
"Bakit natin pipilitin siya? Kung papayag siya, walang problema. Kung hindi, ang dami namang mga boksingero diyan (Why should we force him into a fight? If he wants to fight, then good. If not, there are a lot of other fighters out there)."