Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao engaged in some unexpected social media trash talk on Wednesday morning.
Mayweather attended Pacquiao’s victory over Keith Thurman on Saturday night in Las Vegas, with ‘Pac Man’ later calling him out for a rematch of their 2015 mega fight, which ‘Money’ won by unanimous decision.
In response Mayweather initially posted: “I find it real ironic how every time Pacquiao’s name is brought up in the media, my name is always attached to it.
“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 bulls*** is that y’all are just upset that I broke Rocky Marciano’s [49-0] 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!”
He then followed up with a second post, which declared: “Let’s stick to the facts! Bob Arum is no longer your promoter, so when it comes to Mayweather Promotions & PBC events I’m the HNIC [Head N***a In Charge]!
“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 $9million in under three 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!”
Upon seeing these statements, Pacquiao put out his own replies: “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…
“Excuse me Floyd, your name has not been on any of my PBC contracts.
“But if you would like to be on the next one, I will have one drawn up and sent to you.”
While Mayweather and Pacquiao’s first bout underwhelmed in the excitement stakes, some fans are now intrigued by the prospect of a rematch four years later, due to the American’s inactivity.
Others think the infamous saga is best left in the past.
See the banter below: