Boxer Manny Pacquiao waves to fans as he arrives at the Venetian Las Vegas Resort in Nevada over the weekend. Photo by Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus/Reuters
Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao believes American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. is too concerned about his undefeated record to ever fight him, as he questioned the legitimacy of the 'zero' on his rival's record.
Mayweather has a 46-0 win-loss record and has won 10 championships across five weight divisions. He is also the highest paid athlete in the world.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, has a 56-5-2 win-loss-draw slate.
Yet both men cannot escape questions as to why they never fought each other in a mega-fight that, at one point, would have been sure to break all box-office records in the sport.
"Well, I think he is worried about his record," Pacquiao told NJ.com when the question was posed to him by Jerry Izenberg. "He talks about his zero losses."
"The zero that means so much to him means nothing when measured against who he fought," the Filipino champion asserted. "You talk pound-for-pound best, or undefeated champion. If you don't defend against the best, none of that means anything."
Mayweather has fought several champions, including Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, and fought the dangerous Mexican Jose Luis Castillo twice. In recent years, however, he has been accused of picking opponents that were "tailor-made" for him.
Mayweather is set to fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana in a rematch on September 13, after the hard-hitting brawler gave him a tougher challenge than expected when they first fought last May.
Pacquiao agreed that Mayweather is not afraid of fighting him, but perhaps may be worried about "what one night could to his zero of losses."
"I think I finally understand him," Pacquiao said of his rival. "What he says, how he acts… and I don't like it. But what I learned and heard from him, well, I realize why he is like that."
"I understand sometimes when the people are not educated, they just talk to talk. He sets a very bad example," the "Pacman" added.
Pacquiao also made it clear that should he and Mayweather ever fight, "I know how to fight him."
"I know what I'm doing. I know what his style is all about," Pacquiao said. "So, if he (doesn't) want to create action, I know how to create action. I know I can make him stand and fight."
"Listen, this is me. I punch, and punch, and punch. This is boxing. If you don't punch, you don't deserve to win. For me, that has always been boxing," he added.
Pacquiao is set to defend his WBO welterweight belt against another unbeaten American boxer, Chris Algieri, on November 22 in Macau.