Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Composite Photo
The trainer and uncle of American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. hopes Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao will fight the pound-for-pound king before retiring, if only to see what the "Pacman" can do against the unbeaten fighter.
Although a potential showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao has lost quite a bit of its luster, outspoken trainer Roger Mayweather told On the Ropes Boxing Radio that he still hopes to see that match-up.
“I hope he does fight Floyd, that’s what the people wanted to see,” said Roger. “People only wanted to see that, because they wanted to see what would Pacquiao do with Floyd, if they ever fought.”
“Hopefully, they will make the fight, then they will find out what he (Pacquiao) can do with Floyd,” he added.
When asked if Pacquiao should consider retirement if he loses to American Timothy Bradley on April 12, Roger said: “He (Pacquiao) needs to let Floyd beat him before he gets out of boxing, that’s what he needs to do.”
“He can’t walk away without fighting Floyd,” the trainer insisted. “Because people are going to say that (expletive) was scared anyway, that he did not want to fight Floyd to begin with. That’s what they are going to say.”
Moreover, Roger believes that fighting his nephew will allow Pacquiao to resolve his tax problems, even if winds up losing.
“I don’t know why he wouldn’t fight Floyd all those times, getting the kind of money he be getting. Why wouldn’t you fight him?” he said. “Even if he lost to Timothy Bradley, he should still fight Floyd. Listen, Floyd will fight him anyway.”
“Let’s find out what he can do (against Floyd),” Roger added. “Floyd will still fight. And even if he (Pacquiao) gets his a** whooped (by Bradley), Floyd will still fight.”
“It still would be a good fight and a good payday. He’s still got a name.”
Previous negotiations between the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps have repeatedly fallen apart over various issues, including purse split and random drug testing.
Most recently, Mayweather said he will not deal with Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, while the Filipino has said he has no plans of splitting with the company.