One of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncles blamed Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao for the two camps’ failure to come to terms for a rematch.
Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao to win the “Fight of the Century” last May 2015, in what eventually became the richest fight in the history of the sport though it was far from well-received by boxing fans.
Pacquiao later revealed that he fought with an injured right shoulder that required surgery days after the fight, and has since insisted that he remains open for a rematch. Mayweather initially seemed willing to offer Pacquiao a rematch, but subsequently changed his mind, instead calling the “Pacman” a sore loser who repeatedly made excuses for his defeat.
Talks of a rematch surface from time to time, and rumors spread once more when the now-retired Mayweather attended Pacquiao’s fight against Jessie Vargas last November in Las Vegas.
However, Jeff Mayweather, an uncle of the American boxer, said there is very little chance of the rematch ever taking place.
“The Pacquiao fight is not going to happen,” Jeff told Robert Brown of On the Ropes Boxing Radio in his characteristically blunt manner.
The reason? “Because Pacquiao wasn’t man enough to just admit that he lost, without making up some bogus excuse,” said Jeff Mayweather, who like his nephew refused to buy into Pacquiao’s claim that he was injured.
“Uncle Jeff” also shot down the possibility of a match between Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor. The two prizefighters have been taking shots at each other repeatedly on social media, but Jeff said this is all just for show.
“Floyd was just toying with the media,” Jeff said of the McGregor fight.
“Floyd would get prosecuted for fighting Conor McGregor,” he said. “It would be a fight that’s so easy, it would be ridiculous.”
Like his nephew, Jeff believes that McGregor is simply trying to make money off the famous boxer’s name. “He wants to get paid, just like every other fighter that mentions Floyd’s name,” Jeff explained.
“Every fighter that mentions Floyd – it wasn’t about beating Floyd. It was about the payday,” he stressed.
“I don’t think it was ever serious,” he added. “I think they took the bait – hook, line, and sinker. They tried to build the UFC off of Floyd’s name.”
Fighting McGregor in a boxing match will be too easy for his nephew, added Jeff.
“People cried about Floyd fighting Andre Berto, who is a two-time world champion, and he (Mayweather) played with him,” Jeff pointed out.
“Now you’re talking about a guy who hasn’t had an amateur fight in 20 years. What chance does he have with any fighter?”
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