By Kevin Sox
With a straight-forward answer, undefeated former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0, 27 KOs) quashed talks of a rematch against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs).
“I got the job done right the first time. I always get the job done the first time. 50 times I went out there, I got the job done right,” told Mayweather to Pauline Verzosa of CNN Philippines Sports Desk while the retired American fighter was enjoying his time in Manila.
“We are now friends. I mean as a fighter, I like him. But we’re now friends,” added Mayweather.
Mayweather and Pacquiao met four years ago in what was billed as the “Fight of the Century,” a mega-fight that took years to become a reality.
Mayweather emerged victorious via a unanimous decision, with judges scoring it 118-110, 118-110, and 116-112.
The two legendary icons went separate ways after that fight, as Mayweather went on to win fight after fight en route to a historic 50-0 record. Mayweather even took part in an exhibition contest in Japan late last year against a Japanese kick boxer.
Pacquiao, on the other end, had his share of ups and downs in the succeeding years, including a controversial loss to Australian Jeff Horn in 2017.
Fate always seemed to play with Mayweather and Pacquiao as last year, both fighters met by coincidence in Japan that led to a petty trash-talking match. Both were also present at a Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center.
But Mayweather remained firm that he is retired, only leaving praise for the eight-division world champion Pacquiao.
“He is a hell of a fighter. The country he comes from is a great country. The Philippines is a great place, beautiful people, great atmosphere, and I look forward to coming back again,” said Mayweather.
Pacquiao is still looking for his next opponent, and either one of Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia could be in for a battle later this year.