Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not take the challenge of Filipino champ Manny Pacquiao even after the “Pacman” backed the American superstar into a corner with his dare to fight for charity.
This according to boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz, who remains convinced that the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight will still not take place.
“Si Mayweather, duwag ‘yan, he will never fight Pacquiao, no matter what pressure you put on him,” Nathanielsz said.
Nathanielsz did commend Pacquiao for issuing the challenge to Mayweather, noting that the Filipino put the onus to make the fight on the unbeaten American.
On Monday, Pacquiao confirmed that he is challenging Mayweather to a fight for charity, with the proceeds of the bout going to different foundations.
“Sabi ko maglaban kami for charity,” said Pacquiao. “Wala siyang matatanggap na pera, wala akong matatanggap na pera. Ido-donate namin ‘yung kikitain namin sa mga foundations sa buong mundo, sa mga nangangailangan especially sa Philippines.”
“Maganda ‘yung stroke ni Manny, maganda ‘yung ginawa niya,” a smiling Nathanielsz said. “Walang lusot si Mayweather.”
“Unang-una, sinasabi ni Mayweather that he (Pacquiao) wants the money because he wants to pay his taxes. Now sabi ni Manny, ‘I’ll fight you for free, give the money to charity.’ Paano lusot niyan?” he added.
Yet Pacquiao’s new challenge will not entice Mayweather, said Nathanielsz.
“Mayweather will never fight Pacquiao, I am convinced of that,” he said. “Takot siya. He is scared. Si Mayweather, he is lousy against a southpaw. You see how many fights he has fought with no knockouts?”
“He didn’t even hurt (his opponents), except for Juan Manuel Marquez who was so much smaller than him. But he went 12 rounds with Canelo Alvarez, and a blown-up lightweight like (Robert) Guerrero went 12 rounds with him,” Nathanielsz added.
“Ibig sabihin, he has no punching power anymore,” he explained.
Nathanielsz also pointed out that Mayweather has no need for money, even if a bout against Pacquiao could have broken all pay-per-view and gate records in the sport.
“Gusto niya is to remain and retire undefeated,” said Nathanielsz of Mayweather. “The only one who can beat him, he knows, is Manny Pacquiao. I’m not saying Pacquiao will beat him. What I’m saying is that he’s scared that Pacquiao is the only one who can beat him.”