Floyd Mayweather branded Manny Pacquiao his ’employee’ after his rival accused him of using his name to stay relevant.
Talk of a rematch between the two has once again gathered steam after 42-year-old Mayweather attended Pacquiao’s win over Keith Thurman last week.
Pacquiao has been chasing a rematch with Mayweather ever since their record-breaking encounter in 2015 – a fight he lost on points.
‘Floyd Mayweather, you come to my fight and then use my name in a post but I’m the one that is trying to stay relevant? If you want to be relevant again,’ Pacquiao said on Twitter after hearing Mayweather say Pac Man’s legacy was built off his name.
Mayweather, who has earned a killing in mismatches against MMA stars Conor McGregor and Tenshin Nasukawa in recent years, opened fire on Pacquiao after seeing his tweet.
He said: ‘Let’s stick to the facts. Bob Arum is no longer your promoter, so when it comes to Mayweather Promotions and PBC events, I’m the HNIC.
‘Bottom line, I make more money than you; I beat you, then I signed you. I was only at your fight supervising you, my employee, as any real BOSS would do.
‘You made $10million for 12 rounds, when I just made $9m in under 3 minutes playing around in an exhibition with a pizza delivery guy.
‘I beat you mentally, physically and financially. Remember, you fight cause you have to, I fight when I want to.’
Mayweather came out of retirement in 2016 to fight McGregor before accepting a lucrative exhibition match with Nasukawa in Japan.
Pacquiao, 40, has continued fighting and is 5-1 since his defeat to Mayweather. He currently holds the WBA (Super) welterweight title, but it seems unlikely Mayweather will come out of retirement.
‘I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it,’ Mayweather wrote on Instagram.
‘This man’s entire legacy and career has been built off its association with my name and it’s about time you all stop using my brand for clout chasing and clickbait and let that man’s name hold weight of its own.
‘For years, all you heard was that “Floyd is afraid of Manny Pacquiao”. But what’s funny is, when we finally fought, I won so easily that everyone had to eat their words.
‘All of the so called boxing experts, critics and jealous American “fan base” either went mute and ran for cover or made every excuse in the world as to why I should give Manny Pacquiao a rematch.
‘My take on all this bullsh** is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano’s record and hate the fact that a Black, high school dropout outsmarted you all by beating all odds and retiring undefeated while maintaining all my faculties simply by making smart choices and even smarter investments. Ultimately, I will always have the last laugh.’
Source: Metro Sport