“He doesn’t have to fight if he doesn’t want to,” Mayweather Sr. said.
The trainer’s comments came after his rival trainer, Freddie Roach, also said last week that he would suggest retirement to Pacquiao if the Filipino boxing superstar unseats Mayweather.
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) meet in a welterweight unification at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
After this weekend, Mayweather will have one fight left on the three-year, six-fight contract he signed with Showtime in 2013.
If he fulfills that contract, his father suggested he select the opponent carefully.
“If he’d have another fight, if I was him — me, myself — I wouldn’t fight nobody (tough). There’s no reason. For what? I wouldn’t care if the people came or not. You’ve done made all the money you’re going to make anyway. It don’t get no bigger than this right here,” Mayweather Sr. said.
While Pacquiao retiring after this weekend might be less likely because he is two years younger than Mayweather and reportedly owes hefty back taxes in the U.S. and Philippines, Mayweather would complete his last important piece of unfinished business in boxing.
The potential tilting factors that could keep Mayweather boxing beyond this year — money and the pursuit of Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record, which he would tie with two victories this year.
“I said something to him one day, I was talking to him about that, I was talking to him about that Marciano thing, and I asked him does he think that was necessary,” Mayweather Sr. said. “He said, ‘I don’t know, we’ll see.'”
Pacquiao pleads for woman’s life: Before Pacquiao wrapped up his training Monday in Los Angeles, he appealed to Indonesia President Joko Widodo to spare the life of a Filipina, Mary Jane Veloso, who is among eight foreigners scheduled to be executed Tuesday for drug smuggling. Veloso, who has claimed she was set up and did not know heroin was in her suitcase, was scheduled to be executed by firing squad. “I am begging and knocking at your kind heart that your excellency grant executive clemency to her by sparing her life and saving her from execution,” Pacquiao told GMA News TV in the Philippines, where he is a congressman. “On May 2nd, I will be fighting in Las Vegas, Nevada against Floyd Mayweather, which is considered the fight of the century. It will be a great morale booster, if in my own little way, I can save a life.”
She was ultimately spared at the last minute.
Leader of the pack: Pacquiao sparred four rounds Monday after Roach initially said Saturday would be his final day of sparring, then rode in a bus to Las Vegas as part of a team caravan from Los Angeles.
Show me your hands: Rafael Garcia, Mayweather’s cut man, said he believes he has detected some unconventional wraps on Pacquiao’s hands when watching video scenes from the dressing room in past fights. Garcia, who until last year also served as Mayweather’s hand-wrap specialist, will observe Pacquiao’s hand-wrapping before Saturday’s fight. “Pacquiao puts a lot of straight tape first, just straight tape on the hands. I’ve seen it. In the dressing room, they put a lot of tape. So we’d better watch him and see what he’s doing. With Manny, we want to request one roll of tape — that’s it,” Garcia said.
Money speaks: William Hill, which operates more than 100 sports books in Nevada, said in a press release 82 percent of straight wagers on the fight, and 67 percent of the total money, has gone on Pacquiao, who was a plus-175 underdog, with Mayweather a minus-200 favorite.
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