Manny Pacquiao should fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., said boxing legend Muhammad Ali this week.
Following Mayweather’s victory over Marcos Maidana, Ali tweeted that the super-fight should go through.
“Congratulations FloydMayweather. Maybe after you rest up we can see you rumble with MannyPacquiao!” Ali tweeted.
Both Pacquiao, 35, and Mayweather, 37, have made comments about fighting one another but as time goes time, it seems more and more unlikely.
Blood testing, legal issues, and money disputes have prevented the two from squaring off.
Pacquiao’s recent victory over Timothy Bradley in April reportedly drew 800,000 pay-per-views, while Mayweather’s fight will most likely approach 2 million. Mayweather’s fight with Canelo Alvarez generated more than 2 million buys.
Last week, however, Mayweather essentially taunted both Pacquiao and Bradley by describing them both as “amateurs.”
“Yes, actually I did watch the fight. You know, I haven’t seen Pacquiao fight in years. I’ve seen highlights,” Mayweather told ESPN before he fought Maidana. “I haven’t seen Pacquiao since before [he knocked out] Miguel Cotto [in 2009]. I thought that he deserved congratulations. He’s the better man, but as far as Bradley, whoever he’s working out with, they have to make a lot of changes because he’s lifting too many weights. I think he’s more worried about how he looks wh en he get on the scale instead of how he performs inside that ring.”
He added: “I thought that Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was pulling a lot of shots like an amateur. I think he was making a lot of mistakes and he was very fatigued early on. I think that he was making a lot of mistakes, falling off balance and fighting like an amateur. I think both fighters fought like amateurs.”
Mayweather contined in saying that “Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn’t pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn’t pleased with his performance and I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao.”