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Manny Pacquiao: Marvin Hagler Says Floyd Mayweather Jr. Must Fight Him Or Risk Legacy

Manny PAcquiao and Marvin Hagler

Manny Pacquiao has already given Floyd Mayweather Jr. the greatest fight he’s never had. A national icon in his native Phillippines, Pacquiao shot to global stardom during Mayweather’s short “retirement” from boxing in 2008, when the smaller Pacquiao pounded “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya into a very real retirement.

But the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather fight never came to pass, even though Mayweather came out of “retirement” and has fought six times in the 4 1/2 years since.

Now, one of boxing’s all-time greatest — and toughest — fighters tells Mayweather that he must fight Manny Pacquiao, or risk his legacy as one of the sport’s legends.

Accusations that he hand-picks his opponents, avoiding any fighter who poses a serious threat, have dogged Mayweather for the past decade. In his recent fights he’s taken some steps to putting that charge to rest, battling heavy hitters like Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley and burgeoning Mexican star Saul Alvarez.

But “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler is a man who knows something about taking tough fights. For much of his career an unheralded brawler from Brockton, Massachusetts, Hagler battered his way to the top of boxing’s middleweight division, and went on to reign as the undisputed middleweight champ for almost seven years, successfully defending his belt 12 times.

His challengers included some of the most lethal middleweight punchers off all time, including Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran, Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and John “The Beast” Mugabe. So when Hagler says that Manny Pacquiao is a “must” opponent for Mayweather, he speaks with some credibility.

And Hagler said exactly that about Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in an interview Wednesday from Malaysia where he was attending an awards banquet.

“If he retires and he does not give Pacquiao his shot, there will always be a conversation that maybe he was afraid of him,” said the 59-year-old, who dominated as champ from 1980 until 1987. “I believe that the best way is to fight the top. The way my career led me, [I had to] fight the best. This way you feel good about yourself.”

He said that fighters in the current era such as Mayweather are “not dictated to fight the best challengers because they can make good money fighting other guys.”

In Hagler’s era, to hold his undisputed title, he was forced to fight the top contender from what were then boxing’s three championship-sanctioning organizations, the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation.

“Today they can fight the number 6 or the number 8 guy,” said Hagler, who after his boxing career ended relocated to Italy where he embarked on a second career as a successful star of low-budget action movies.

But Marvelous Marvin does not have high hopes for the prospect of a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather bout. In the past two years, Pacquiao has suffered a couple of conspicuous defeats which have lowered his stock, including to American Timothy Bradley.

“Mayweather-Pacquiao won’t have the interest it had before,” said Hagler. “Maybe they would have pulled in a hundred million dollars, but that’s gone now.”

Manny Pacquiao fights Bradley again on April 12 in Las Vegas in attempt to recapture some of his lost bankability.

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17 Responses to “Manny Pacquiao: Marvin Hagler Says Floyd Mayweather Jr. Must Fight Him Or Risk Legacy”

  1. Joe Peter Briol

    Not only tyson,holyfield,spinks,fraizer,foreman,Duran,benitez,barera and many more legendary boxer!believes that mayweather jr is not only afraid but running.now hagler !

  2. Edgar Nacario

    Yes, the Duck/Chicken Fraud Gayweather will never fight the Pacman coz he's so scared of losing. He has even expressed his intentions of relinquishing his WBC Welter weight belt rather than defend it against the mandatory challenger Pacquiao, saying he doesn't need belts to fight. What a coward!!! He should be deported from the US because he does not belong in the "land of the brave".

  3. Mark Aguas

    For now, Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't care about legacy, all he care is money….but when he retires from boxing, sooner or later he will lose his money and will beg for that legacy….

  4. Noel Nunez

    The heart always wins versus skills…Mayweather has been avoiding Manny Pacquaio since 2009…Fear of losing was embedded in his mind since his father Floyd Sr said after the Hatton fight in 2009 he wont allow his son to fight Pacquaio because he is a machine…

  5. Erik Sandoval

    Mr Hagler, you're a boxing icon, a legend, but as respectable as you are, floyd the fraud will just pretend he didn't hear you and will continue to duck Pacquiao because he is sooo scared of Manny Pacquiao. Forget about respect, pride and legacy, floyd will have none of that. It's all about "self preservation" for him

  6. Sylvester Jones

    If you think mayweather is scared of pacquiao go on YouTube and watch pac man's strength and conditioning coach alex ariza video where he said he was sitting next to pacman when mayweather called him about the fight

  7. Stephen Tarr

    everyone knows thyat was not a real offer, it had a proviso that manny leave arum when he was tied up for 2 yrs be real floyd ducked paquiao period, in floyds shoes when Paquiao destroyed Hatton and retired Delahoya HYagler wouldve been begging for the fight not go on a vacationh and say i dont need manny. Hagler is a legend Floyd is a skillful boxer with no balls heart or legacy

  8. R Clay Cawley

    FLOYD MAYWEATHER is a COWARD…That's what LARRY HOLMES, ROY JONES JR, MIKE TYSON, MARVIN HAGLER and TIM BRADLEY all said….ARIZA is just pissed cause he got fired..Who to believe HALL of FAME BOXERS or a Butt hurt fired ex employee??

  9. Sylvester Jones

    This was years ago when money may made that offer…besides this is not about fear..it's about money..and we all know what mayweather likes more than anything

  10. Dave H. Blanco

    yah this is all about money and floyd wants MONEY..do you have any idea rigth now whos opponent for floyd that can give double or maybe triple purse of money than PACQUIOA??/ tell me if you have any idea ???it is clear FLOYD IS SO SCARED TO DEATH>>SHAMEFUL CITIZEN OF AMERICA

  11. Sylvester Jones

    Floyd doesn't want to make A rum any money considering he feels Arm short changed him when he was on top rank…so he doesn't feel like making A rum anymore richer

  12. David Gifford

    Hagler is the LAST guy who should be telling Jr. who to fight. This is a guy who made his whole career on fighting guys smaller than he was: Duran, Hearns, Mugabe, Leonard…while simultaneously avoiding Michael Spinks. You want to talk about cherry picking? The Marvelous Coward Marvin is the king of that game, and no wonder. Every time someone mentioned Spinks, Marvin wet himself. Sure Marvin was tough: his biggest fights were guys coming from lightweight and welterweight, while he himself avoided fighting bigger men like the plague.

  13. Tamu Garrett

    1st of all how pacman think he supposed to get the same amount of money Floyd gets,he needs Floyd to get that BIG payday Floyd going to make big money regardless on who he fights…Its not about being scared but about being smart…Floyd is the best n the business y Pacquiaio is steady piling up loses…He got knocked the _ _ _ _ out,he needs to retire.

  14. Robert Becker

    YOU CANT FOREPLAY SOCIETY FOR 5 years; THEN WANT TO CAPTURE A PAY LOAD.IF THEY FIGHT NOW,WE THE FANS LOST.
    MAY THE FANS NOT BE SUBJECTED TO SUCH AN INSULT.