MANILA, Philippines – American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. advised Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to take a vacation in order to rejuvenate himself after a shocking sixth-round knockout loss to Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Mayweather said he “wished Pacquiao nothing but the best.”
“He can bounce back,” Mayweather said. “He just needs to rejuvenate himself, take a vacation, spend some time with his family, get focused, and he’ll be okay.”
Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez last December 8 was seen by many in the boxing circles as a death knell to a potential mega-fight with Mayweather.
Mayweather did not address the impact of Pacquiao’s loss on their potential fight.
“Floyd Mayweather’s legacy is defined by what I accomplished, not what Pacquiao has accomplished,” he said.
In an earlier interview with Fight Hype, Mayweather held back from taunting Pacquiao about his loss and instead commended both the Filipino and Marquez for their fight.
“Marquez is a true champion. Manny Pacquiao is a true champion. Both of them went out there and put on a good performance, and that’s a good thing for the sport of boxing,” he said.