Floyd Mayweather has suggested that it is "sad" that Manny Pacquiao "has to fight" at his age.
These claims came after Mayweather faced YouTuber Logan Paul in an eight-round exhibition over the weekend.
The bout went the distance and no winner was declared as there were no judges for the fight. The Athletic have reported that the event generated more than one million pay-per-view buys in the United States.
Pacquiao last fought professionally in July 2019. He beat Keith Thurman via split decision for the WBA world super welterweight title.
After years of build-up, Mayweather fought Pacquiao in May 2015. "Money" dominated the fight as he eventually won via unanimous decision.
During the post-fight press conference for the Paul exhibition (as cited by The Metro), Mayweather hit out at his former opponent:
"Pacquiao at his age , which is sad, has to fight.
"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.
"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."
Elsewhere, Mike Tyson has urged Mayweather to fight Pacquiao again in the near future:
"I think Floyd should keep on trying. I don't think he should fight a cruiserweight.
"I think he should continue fighting guys his own weight. What the f**k is he doing?
"Fight Pacquiao again and keep in shape. He should have had Paul lose a lot of weight. It was harder than Floyd anticipated, I believe.
"I think he'd make more money if he fought Pacquiao again."
Mayweather financially set? Give over…
If you excuse the pun, it is pretty rich of Mayweather to come out with this outburst.
It has been said for years that suggestions of him being this brilliant businessman are just untrue.
This goes some way to explain why he has been at the forefront of these exhibition fights that are the trend in boxing at the moment.
Mayweather and Pacquiao come across as polar opposites in how they approach the sport.
While Pretty Boy is taking cash grabs against the likes of Paul, Pacquiao is returning to elite-level boxing aged 42 against Spence Jr, who is one of the best welterweights around today.
Pacquiao is already considered to be one of the greatest ever. But if pulls off an upset against Spence Jr, this will further establish his legacy.
Mayweather can learn a lot from Pacquiao and it is just a shame that they are not going about boxing with the same attitude.