THE father of undefeated pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. believes that his son’s last fight will be against Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao.
In an interview with Jenna Jay on her radio program “On The Ropes,” Mayweather Sr. compared Marcus Maidana, who gave Mayweather a rough time but lost a unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight unification title fight early this month, and Pacquiao.
“Oh for sure, Pacquiao is the better fighter, Maidana can’t fight at all!” Mayweather Sr. said. “Maidana is a wild MMA fighter, that’s what he is. He don’t (sic) have no craft, no abilities to do sh_t. He ain’t even got a good damn jab.”
He added: “Pacquiao ain’t technical, but he’s more technical than this man (Maidana). This man is not technical at all.”
Mayweather Sr. felt that a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, which boxing fans have clamored for over the past four years, is likely to be the last fight in Floyd’s career, since he is at present three wins away from tying the unbeaten 49-0 record of heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.
“I think he (Floyd) has to be 50-0 to surpass Marciano. They got three more fights, I’m more than sure that if Floyd gets to the 49, I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with that [Pacquiao] fight,” he said. “If we fight Pacquiao, that would be last anyways. That would be the fight that’s going away, and that fight would probably be the biggest fight in the world. If Floyd fights Pacquiao, believe me, it’s gonna be the best for last.”
Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz told the Manila Standard that while Pacquiao would be happy to fight Mayweather, he doesn’t believe that anybody can influence Floyd to make the fight happen especially since Mayweather had a hard time against Maidana.
“Pacquiao is faster than Maidana, hits harder and in addition is a southpaw, who throws lots of combinations,” said Koncz, adding that Mayweather won’t risk his unbeaten record.
The Pacquiao adviser also told the Manila Standard that there is nothing definite at all about the planned Nov. 16 fight in Macau between Pacquiao and the winner of this weekend’s showdown between Mike Alvarado and Juan Manuel Marquez.
“We haven’t had any in-depth negotiations and haven’t agreed to anything,” said Koncz, referring to the opponent, the date and the venue. “But if the financial terms are good, we could move forward.”
At the same time the Pacquiao adviser said “we have not executed a contract extension” with Arum whose promotional contract with Pacquiao runs out at the end of this year.