Pacquiao has issued a response after Mayweather claimed to be helping Spence with his preparations ahead of the mega-fight
Manny Pacquiao shows no signs of slowing down in latest training clip
Manny Pacquiao has made a dig at Floyd Mayweather ‘fighting for money’ after the American offered to help Errol Spence with his pre-fight preparations.
The Filipino legend faces an uphill battle, as he returns to the ring against one of America’s leading fighters in Spence who is undefeated in his professional career at welterweight with 27 victories.
And the 42-year-old has now aimed jibes at his former two-time opponent, slating that he is in the sport and making the biggest fights for his legacy as opposed to in a search for money.
“I don’t think Floyd can help Errol Spence. Errol Spence knows what he’s doing,” Pacquiao said at an open workout ahead of the contest.
“He’s fighting with a YouTuber just to earn money. And I’m fighting the best to add to my legacy, so that’s different.
“To fight an easy opponent for the money or to fight one of the best to add to your legacy. It’s different.”
Pacquiao’s feud with Mayweather has continued ever since their history-defining rematch back in February 2015, in which he was defeated by the undefeated American by unanimous decision, with the fight breaking records as the highest ever global pay-per-view audience with over 4.4 million purchases recorded.
The pair have continued to exchange words regarding their super-fight, but Pacquiao has now moved on and is continuing to fight in the professional ranks and faces one of his hardest tests in the twilight years of his career.
And he believes despite the tough test against a ‘lively’ opponent in Spence, he made the right call electing to fight the unified welterweight world champion later this month.
“Oh yeah, it’s a challenge that they might think, ‘Oh, Manny’s career is over and he’s old’ so (it’s) something I need to prove, I’m not done yet,” Pacquiao explained.
“I can easily fight an easy opponent or non-boxers. I can easily pick an easy win, but I pick the best because I want to add more to my legacy of accomplishment.”
“It’s a challenge, especially because he’s taller than me. We have a strategy that we can use against a southpaw. I know he always coming inside and he want to fight toe-to-toe so that’s good.
We prepared for that. We anticipate that he might use his advantage — reach advantage and tall — so he can possibly use that advantage.”
“The challenge is if he will fight moving around, jabbing, jabbing, jabbing, using his advantage. There’s a consideration and that’s our focus also.”
His opponent also has high stakes on the huge night in Las Vegas, as he looks to continue his bid to become undisputed welterweight champion, and add one of the most legendary names in boxing to his resume.
Spence is confident of having the ability to defeat the experienced Pacquiao, and is ready to ‘retire’ the Filipino, and move on to even bigger and better fights amid links to fellow undefeated star Terence Crawford.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has backed his fighter however, revealing that the former twelve belt world champion knocked down a sparring partner twice in his training camp recently as he searches for a statement victory.