MANILA, Philippines – Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is baffled over the decision of Filipino boxing star Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao to run for Congress instead of engaging in a multi-million dollar battle against his son.
“He don’t want to fight the biggest fighter in the world. He want to go to a congressman when he get a small change, that don’t even sound right. That doesn’t sound right. He turned down the biggest purse in the world and be a congressman. It don’t even fit,” Floyd Sr. stated.
His son, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., meanwhile, avoided a question about the political bid of Pacquiao while he was promoting his fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
When asked by ABS-CBN North America News Bureau if he thinks Pacquiao will win in the May 10 elections, he replied: “Mayweather-Mosley, May 1st, tune in baby.”
The “Who R U Picking?” event will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Gary Payton, on the other hand, said that “Congressman Manny Pacquiao” sounds just right to him.
“I heard that he’s a person who gives back a lot and gives his money to people. And the people are really into him and people would want him to be a leader in your country and I really think he is going to win,” said Payton.
Possible Pacman showdown
The boxing world will be watching the Mayweather-Mosley match closely as whoever will prevail may be Pacquiao’s next foe.
“I want the Filipinos to tune in watch Mayweather-Mosley. That’s the fight Mayweather wants. The face of boxing, no 3 losses, no 2 draws, the face of boxing,” the undefeated Mayweather said.
Mayweather, who has 40 wins (with 25 KOs), contrasted himself with Pacquiao, who is at 51-3-2 (with 38 knockouts).
The 7-division world champion and Mayweather were supposed to slug it out on March 13, but negotiations failed after they disagreed on the drug testing protocol.
Despite this, Pacquiao said a showdown with Mayweather is still a “big possibility.”
Mosley, the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight super champion, was eyed as a possible opponent for Pacquiao after his win over Briton Ricky Hatton on May 2.
The Filipino boxing icon, however, went on to face Miguel Cotto and claimed the Puerto Rican’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt. He successfully defended his WBO title against Ghanaian Joshua Clottey on March 13. – With a report from Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau