Boxing legend Muhammad Ali congratulated American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. for extending his unbeaten streak but also issued a challenge to the reigning pound-for-pound king.
Mayweather on Saturday out-pointed Argentine slugger Marcos Maidana in a difficult fight to hike his record to 46 wins with no loss.
“Congratulations, Floyd Mayweather,” Ali said on Twitter. “Maybe after you rest up, we can see you rumble with Manny Pacquiao.”
The tweet bore the hashtag #AliTweet, indicating that it came from the “Greatest” himself.
The tweet was retweeted nearly 18,000 times, showing that fans continue to seek a bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao despite some boxing analysts saying that the American boxer would dominate the “Pacman.”
Despite Ali’s exhortations, it is unlikely that Pacquiao and Mayweather will ever fight, however.
Mayweather seems inclined to fight Maidana a rematch after their first encounter turned out to be more competitive than expected. Moreover, the American continues to partner with Golden Boy Promotions, the rival of Top Rank which promotes Pacquiao exclusively.