Floyd Mayweather is widely regarded by boxing experts (and himself) as the “greatest fighter of all time”, but another GOAT contender, Manny Pacquiao isn’t entirely in agreement with that sentiment.
At a recent press conference leading to what will likely be the last fight of Pacquiao’s career against Errol Spence JR, the Filipino boxing legend made it clear that he believes Spence JR is superior to Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Pacquiao’s remark was in response to Floyd Mayweather offering to give Spence advice on how to defeat him.
“I don’t believe Errol needs to take advice from Mayweather. I believe that Errol is better than Mayweather. He is [more of a fighter] than Mayweather, so I think he might teach [Floyd] how to fight toe to toe,” said Pacquiao, winning the amusement of the audience.
Errol Spence JR, who was also present, accepted the compliment but remained wary of his newest and greatest opponent.
He said: “It is a great compliment, but like I said before, Pacquiao is the kind of guy who will give you a lot of compliments and gratitude and things like that. Then as soon as the bell rings, he’ll be jumping all over you.”
Pacquiao who is now 42 years old is set to fight Errol Spence JR on August 21. The 31-year-old Spence has a record of 27 wins and 0 losses, with 21 of those victories ending in knockouts.
Spence’s height advantage, notorious punching power, and youthfulness have been a controversial topic around the impending showdown, with even fans of Pacquiao worried for the legend’s safety.
Pacquiao has told fans and the media numerous times that he is a boxer and as such he is always looking for the greatest fight.
Over the years there have been rumours of a younger Errol Spence JR leaving Mayweather with a black eye after a casual sparring session. Spence JR has never confirmed or denied these rumours.
In a 2017 report by Boxing Scene, he explained that he never saw Mayweather’s eye following the session. But admitted that “that’s what they are saying in the gym.”
Manny Pacquiao, however, made history in 2015 when he faced off against Floyd Mayweather wherein Mayweather arose victorious by decision. The boxing match has been heavily debated ever since.
Through it all, Floyd has been constantly slammed for his “hit and run” fighting style which was prominent throughout the fight, bringing many boxing fans, and seemingly Pacquiao, to question Mayweather’s status as one of the greatest fighters of all time.