Justin Fortune, a retired heavyweight and the strength/conditioning coach of Manny Pacquiao, says the 42-year-old Filipino star has surpassed the legacy of career rival Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather, a five division champion, retired with a perfect 50-0 record back in August of 2017 when he stopped UFC star Conor McGregor in ten rounds.
He won a twelve round unanimous decision over Pacquiao when they collided in boxing's most lucrative fight in May of 2015.
This Saturday night, the eight division champion Pacquiao continues his pro run when he faces late replacement Yordenis Ugas for the WBA welterweight title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“We’ll never see another Pacquiao again. Period. Manny has surpassed Floyd Mayweather. If Floyd wanted to prove a point he would have fought Manny again. We all know Manny had a shoulder injury. The offers were put out there for the rematch - he wanted nothing to do with it. Instead he chose to fight Conor McGregor and a frigging Youtuber. Boxing has done him good. Mayweather, now he’s gone and sullied its name. They are great if they’re exhibitions, people just cashing out - good luck to you. But don’t let them go on your record," Fortune told Coffee Friend.
“It would have gone two rounds against McGregor [if he had faced Pacquiao] - one round to warm up and one round to finish the guy. Or we could have warmed up properly in the changing rooms and it would have gone one round. McGregor is not a boxer. It’s not his sport. Manny’s not an MMA guy, it’s not his sport. Put Manny against McGregor in MMA and McGregor destroys Manny. Manny against McGregor in boxing - Manny destroys him.
"It’s unfair to match them like that. Conor’s record is 1-5 in his last six fights. Why fight McGregor, McGregor does not deserve to fight Manny, why give McGregor the payday? What gives him the right to fight Manny, McGregor has loss after loss after loss."