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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao trade shots on social media

In 2019, the two legends continue their rivalry online.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Floyd Mayweather was in attendance for Manny Pacquiao’s world title win over Keith Thurman this past weekend, sparking at least some thoughts of a potential rematch between Mayweather and Pacquiao. But apparently Floyd doesn’t like his name being brought up in close proximity to his future Hall of Fame counterpart, so took to Instagram to share this message.

“I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it,” Mayweather posted. “This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it’s about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man’s name hold weight of its own. For years, all you heard was that ‘Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao’.

“But what’s funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words! All of the so called boxing experts, critics and jealous American “fan base” either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch. My take on all this bullshit is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano’s record and hate the fact that a Black, high school dropout outsmarted you all by beating all odds and retiring undefeated while maintaining all my faculties simply by making smart choices and even smarter investments. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh!”

Pacquiao, who usually isn’t one to engage in thrash talking — particularly online — would shoot a response to Mayweather just a short time later.

Naturally, Mayweather wouldn’t let that slide — because, ya’ know, ‘he always gets the last laugh’ — so he would continue to troll Pacquiao, saying that he only went to the fight to supervise ‘Pac Man’ as one of his employees.

“Let’s stick to the facts! Bob Arum is no longer your promoter, so when it comes to @mayweatherpromotions & PBC events I’m the HNIC!

“Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you! I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do. You made $10Million for 12 rounds, when I just made $9M in under 3 minutes playing around in an exhibition with a pizza delivery guy! I beat you mentally, physically and financially!

“Remember, you fight cause you have to, I fight when I want to!”

Considering that Pacquiao is still top draw in the sport and fighting at a high level, there will probably always be rumors and innuendos about a potential rematch between Mayweather — so long as he’s still fighting, anyway. It’s certainly anything but a sure bet to happen, but considering ther’s still big bucks to be made in a potential rematch, you can’t completely rule out the idea, no matter how much it grates you.

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