Manny Pacquiao apparently caught wind of Floyd Mayweather's recent Instagram video and didn't hesitate to fire back some thoughts of his own. All of this verbal jousting between the two men was fun, at least for me anyway, when it was taking place before they fought. Now they are kind of just going back and forth win one another with no clear endgame if there isn't going to be a sequel to their May 2nd fight. Any potential rematch between the two will surely be much tougher to negotiate this time around after Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank, just filed a $100M lawsuit against Mayweather's advisor, Al Haymon. But responding to the video of Mayweather slapping around a dummy who he pretended was Pacquiao, Manny offered the following statement:
"We should understand Floyd Mayweather Jr. because of his family background. He hailed from a family of ex-convicts and he himself is an ex-convict. We could not blame him because his action just showed the kind of family upbringing he had," Pacquiao said in a statement through PR manager Aqui Zonio.
"It only reminds me of what he did to his ex-wife. I hope he would find time to reflect on his life and repent for the sins he committed in the past," said the Filipino boxer.
Ouch. What can I say other than Mayweather really just opened himself up for that one. Score one for Manny who sounds polite even in his digs against Mayweather. Manny goes on to explain how a true champion should conduct themselves:
"A real champion is gracious both in his words and conduct. Someone who is a champion not just in his chosen field of endeavor, but even in his own home and private life," he added.
I can't argue with his assertion here, nor would I want to, but I'm sure 'Money' will simply reply by uploading a photo of his paycheck being much larger than Manny's. Since Floyd prides himself on his earnings and undefeated record above all, that'll always be his perceived ace card.