MANILA, Philippines – Eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is praying for his incarcerated rival, unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., and is even willing to visit him in jail.
Mayweather is serving an 87-day jail sentence after a guilty plea to a 2010 domestic violence charge.
Boxing Scene quoted Pacquiao as saying that Mayweather “is my brother in Christ.”
“I pray for him that everything will be fine,” Pacquiao said. “I’m not treating him as my opponent, my enemy or anything.”
When asked if he would be willing to visit Mayweather at the Las Vegas Detention Center, Pacquiao answered: “I’m open to the idea. I would consider it.”
But Pacquiao added that he has not talked to Mayweather or any member of his team, seeing as he is focused on his June 9 title defense against another unbeaten boxer, Timothy Bradley Jr.
Even so, Pacquiao said he will keep Mayweather in his prayers.
“I’m treating him as my friend, my brother. I’m praying for him, that all things will be fine for him,” he said.