Who had a better career, Pacquiao or Mayweather? Bernard Hopkins answers


Posted at Jun 11 2020 08:52 PM

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be the wealthiest boxer, but if one were to ask former undisputed middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins, he'd rather be like Manny Pacquiao as far as legacies go.

Hopkins, who became the oldest fighter to win a world title at the age of 49, said Mayweather was not concerned about fighting the best.

“I’d rather have Manny Pacquiao’s legacy than Floyd Mayweather’s,” Hopkins said in an article posted on RingTV. “Manny fought everybody and Floyd fought guys (on his watch).” 

“Manny fought who his promoter wanted him to fight,” he added. “And Floyd fought the guys that were financially lucrative.”

This doesn't necessarily mean Mayweather ducked opponents, Hopkins clarified. It's just that the controversial American boxer didn't meet the best at their peak.

“That’s debatable,” said Hopkins. 

“But also, I don’t think Floyd gave two you-know-whats about how people feel whether he fought the best guys or not. It was strictly business for Floyd.”

Mayweather became the richest man in boxing when he outpointed Pacquiao in their May 2015 welterweight title bout.

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