Even in his home turf, American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. cannot escape Manny Pacquiao, as the pound-for-pound king found himself being taunted by a couple of "Pacman" fans during a night out in Las Vegas.
In the second episode of All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana, the unbeaten Mayweather drew a small crowd while eating at a restaurant in Las Vegas, including a man and a woman who were fans of Pacquiao.
The two led chants of “Pacquiao, Pacquiao,” and the man was heard saying: “He’s scared, he ain’t gonna fight Pacquiao. He ain’t gonna fight. He’s scared.”
The woman also directly told Mayweather: “You’re cocky.”
Mayweather seemed to take the taunts in stride, only telling the man: “My man, get her under control.”
But the man replied: “I got her under control. She’s telling you what’s up.”
Mayweather only gave a small indication that he was irritated by the Pacquiao taunts.
“Would you ever put a $6-million fighter’s name in the same sentence as mine?” said Mayweather, the highest-paid athlete in the world. “(Expletive) gonna get (expletive) up.”
Pacquiao recently had a fight of his own in Las Vegas, soundly beating former champion Timothy Bradley Jr. to regain the WBO welterweight strap.
Negotiations to put together a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight have repeatedly fallen apart over the years, with Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, recently admitting that it was nearly impossible to put the bout together at this point.
Mayweather acknowledged that the taunts were simply part of his life.
“I’m fighting the critics. I’m fighting the media. I’m fighting the biased fans,” he said. “This is the life that I chose. It comes with the territory. You have to take the good with the good and the bad with the bad.”
Mayweather is preparing to fight Argentina’s Marcos Maidana in a title unification showdown on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.