Floyd Mayweather no longer has time for questions about Manny Pacquiao, as he aggressively shot down his former press rival this week when he was in San Antonio on a press tour stop for his September 14 fight against Canelo Alvarez.
"Manny Pacquiao is a has-been," Mayweather said. "His career is over."
Pacquiao's career is hardly over, as he'll headline a November 23 HBO pay-per-view event from Macau, facing Brandon Rios in what should be an exciting fight. But with two straight losses, including a devastating KO at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, there's really no question that Manny Pacquiao in 2013 is not the Manny Pacquiao fans the world over were demanding to see in the ring with Mayweather.
And questions to Mayweather about Pacquiao -- a fight anyone with a brain long ago realized would not and basically could not happen -- should probably be dealt with this way. Maybe with that, we'll stop hearing about it.
Keep in mind it's not that I don't think Mayweather-Pacquiao is still a viable fight, especially financially. There are still a lot of people who would like to see it. It would still bring in a ton of money. It would still be front page news, and it's a hell of a lot bigger a fight than just about anything else -- maybe, just maybe, it's still the biggest fight in the sport.
But the fight is not going to happen. It is now less possible than ever before, as Mayweather is signed to Showtime, while Pacquiao is with HBO. So now not only do we have the Arum-Mayweather feud and the Top Rank-Golden Boy feud, but we can add the Showtime-HBO boxing war to the list of reasons this fight will never happen in a world that resembles the one we live in today.
So Mayweather might as well just shoot Pacquiao talk down the way he did here, is my point. It's harsh and it's more trash talk than reality (at least for now), but for all the likelihood of this being an actual topic, it may as well be 100% true.