Manny Pacquiao responds to Floyd Mayweather insult and aims fresh dig at ‘Money’ ahead of Errol Spence Jr fight

Mayweather suggested his old rival has no choice but to keep fighting (Picture: Getty)

Manny Pacquiao has hit back at claims made by Floyd Mayweather Jr that he has to keep fighting to earn a pay check.

At 42, the Filipino legend is set to take part in one of the biggest fights of the summer up against WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr in August.

Mayweather meanwhile is coming off the back of a hugely lucrative exhibition bout with Logan Paul, taking aim at his old rival Pacquaio in his post-fight press conference.

‘Pacquiao at his age [42], which is sad, has to fight,’ Mayweather said.

‘I’m financially set, and I want to make everybody hear this. You’re going to hear a lot of people say ‘Floyd needed to do this’, no, I’m well off.

Pacquiao has not fought since beating Keith Thurman in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

‘Every property that I have is paid for, my jet is paid for, all my cars are paid for, I own billion-dollar buildings, I own so much property, I’ve steadily invested in many different things.

‘I’m invested in the tech world, I’ve made a lot of smart investments.’

Pacquiao however insists his desire to challenge the best around proves he is motivated by his passion for the sport, and not money – aiming a dig back at Mayweather in the process.

‘If I’m fighting for the money, then I would have picked some scrub to fight,’ Pacquiao told the Power & Play show.

‘Why would I try to fight an undefeated fighter if I’m chasing the pay check? This is a real fight. I fight because this is my passion. I love beating undefeated fighters and bringing honour to my country.’

Pacquiao added: ‘I’m not like some other guys who are in it just for the money.

‘Some other fighters challenge non-boxers just to get paid. I want to fight. I want to challenge the best.’

Pacquiao briefly retired from boxing in 2016 but the Filipino returned shortly after and has been fighting back at the highest level since.

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