MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to throw barbs at Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao, this time calling the “Pacman” an “old, desperate dog” and criticizing him for his tax problems.
In an exclusive interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather said Pacquiao is only seeking a fight against him now because the Filipino is dealing with tax problems both in the Philippines and in the United States.
“Pacquiao had his opportunity. He had his chance,” said Mayweather. “When he had his opportunity and he had his chance, I guess he was tooting his own horn, and he felt like he was on the same level as me.”
“So now, two losses later, and he’s got a problem – the IRS,” he added, referring to the Internal Revenue Service. “They don’t play…. I’m just speaking from what I hear, that he got a problem with the IRS, both here and his country.”
Mayweather pointed out that he had previously offered Pacquiao a flat fee of $40 million to fight him, but the Filipino rejected the proposal because he wanted a 50-50 split of the revenue.
“You got tax problems, and now you’re begging to get the fight,” Mayweather said of Pacquiao. “You could care less if you win, all you want to do is fight Floyd Mayweather to clean up a tax bill basically.”
Mayweather said this shows that Pacquiao wants him to solve his financial problems.
“This guy’s got all these problems, and he wants Floyd Mayweather to solve them for him, huh?” he said. “He’s got 68 million problems and he wants me to solve them.”
“First he didn’t need me, now he needs. Me. He’s willing to do anything now after his career done took a major setback. First he wanted 50/50, now he’s like, ‘Floyd, give me anything. Throw an old, desperate dog a bone,’” Mayweather said.
The American said if Pacquiao truly was on the same level as he is in terms of being a pay-per-view draw, then the Filipino should not be having tax issues.
“If you’re getting the same type of money I’m getting, you don’t need me,” Mayweather said. “If you’re doing the same type of pay-per-view numbers I’m doing, you don’t need me.”
Mayweather again called on Pacquiao and his team to release the boxer’s real pay-per-view numbers, and told the “Pacman” to focus on solving his own problems instead of pursuing a fight against him.
“He don’t need to be focused on Floyd Mayweather. He needs to be focused on that tax business,” Mayweather said.