FLOYD MAYWEATHER and Manny Pacquiao renewed their rivalry with several verbal jabs at a press conference in Japan.
Mayweather and Pacquiao, 45 and 43, embraced before the presser got underway – but it didn’t take long for them to take sly digs at one another.
Former eight-weight world champion Pacquaio, who trained with Asakura, said: “I’m here to support my boxer who is going to be fighting tomorrow – Asakura.”
Mayweather, who got the better of the recently-retired Pacquiao in their ‘Fight of the Century’ seven years ago, replied: “There’s no blueprint on how to beat Floyd Mayweather.
“And he can tell you that in itself. When we talk about Hall of Famers, he’s a Hall of Famer. But nobody has the remedy to beat Floyd Mayweather.
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“Don’t let them trick you into getting your a** whopped again.”
Pacquiao refused to take the bait, although he did make a quip about his old rival’s age, saying: “He’s older than me. I’m still young.”
The pride of the Philippines added: “What I’ve done in boxing, it’s one of a kind.
“[Winning titles] in eight different weight divisions is not that easy.
“I’m not trying to boast about what I’ve accomplished in life, but I’m just saying to repeat that because [you] might forget that.
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“The best fighter in the world has humility.”
Mayweather then told Pacquiao: “I’m not here to talk about your personal life.
“[But] when we talk about what’s going on in that squared circle, I’m the best.
“No matter how you rate it, no matter how you cut it, no matter how you slice it.
“If you go 100 years back, 300 years back all the way to now, there’s only one best. And that’s Floyd Mayweather.”
Pacquiao suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Mayweather in their multi-million-pound showdown in May 2015.
Pacman went on to fight a further seven times, winning the WBO and WBA welterweight titles, before hanging up his gloves last September.
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Money, however, has taken part in multiple exhibition bouts – including an eight-rounder with YouTuber Logan Paul last June.