Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Shawn Porter: I Would Rather Have Had Pacquiao's Career Than Mayweather's

Floyd Mayweather retired undefeated.

The five-division champion also earned an unprecedented amount of money for a boxer, in excess of $700 million during a pro career that spanned nearly 21 years. And Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao quite comfortably when they fought five years ago in a welterweight championship match.

Shawn Porter still would rather have had Pacquiao’s career than Mayweather’s. The former IBF/WBC welterweight champion made that revelation in response to a fan’s question during the newest episode of Impact Network’s “Stars and Champions,” which premiered Friday night.

“I’m actually gonna go with Manny,” Porter told host Dan Rafael. “I think that even though Manny has taken a lot of punishment – he’s been in a lot of wars, he’s been in a lot of exciting fights. You know me – I like the war. I like the battle and I like the excitement. So, for those reasons, I would pick Manny. And then on top of that, if you look around the world more people appreciate Manny. More people respect and adore Manny than dislike him [than] Floyd Mayweather.”

mayweather-pacquiao (2)_1

Rafael reminded Porter that he was supposed to answer from the perspective of a fighter, not a fan. He told the contributor and former writer that he’d still pick Pacquiao, the Filipino legend who also serves his country as a senator.

“Even me as the boxer, because just like when I get in the ring and I get people up on their feet, that’s what Manny Pacquiao did,” Porter said. “And Floyd’s been able to do it, too, but not as [much]. I don’t think the excitement – it was a different level to the excitement. They’re two different fighters. But again, at the end of the day, when Manny Pacquiao goes out and he walks up and down the street, more people are willing to shake his hand and say hi to him than make a mean mug or wanna confront him or anything like that. Which I think a lot of people nowadays don’t appreciate Floyd Mayweather for everything that he’s done for this sport because it’s been overshadowed by some of the things that he’s done outside of the sport.”

The 43-year-old Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) retired for the third time following his 10th-round, technical-knockout victory over UFC superstar Conor McGregor in August 2017. The 41-year-old Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) remains the WBA “super” welterweight champion. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BodyBagz on 05-27-2020

And neither would want his career

Comment by Oregonian on 05-26-2020

[QUOTE=pasawayako;20578884]Sorry Video evidence says differently. We are in the era where video can be watch by anyone in anytime and anywhere they want and they can judge the fight by themselves. I'm very sorry you can't convinced anyone with lies...[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Oregonian on 05-26-2020

[QUOTE=hugh grant;20577563]You are quite racist are you not banned yet. Rios, mathysse, bro ner are better than many of floyd s resume and Floyd was fighting kickboxers at 38 years old. Floyd made maidana look world beater so I doubt…

Comment by Lomadeaux on 05-26-2020

[QUOTE=pasawayako;20577795]That's where pac excel, he wobbled floyd several times and have the more harder punches landed.[/QUOTE] You feeling okay man? Nobody had Manny winning that fight. Nobody.

Comment by pasawayako on 05-26-2020

[QUOTE=markther;20577816]Yeah I get it. If Floyd started his career at Flyweight with his overall boxing ability and skill set, he wouldn’t have beat guys like Chatchai Sasakul for the Flyweight title and Lehlo Ledwaba for the Super Bantamweight title and…

Top Headlines
Ugas vs. Ramos Ordered For Vacant WBA "Regular" Welterweight Title; Winner To Face Butaev Derevyanchenko Has Been Offered Fights With Jermall Charlo & Canelo Alvarez Felix Verdejo vs. Will Madera on July 16, MGM 'Bubble' in Las Vegas Guido Vianello To Return To Action on Valdez-Velez Card on July 21 Ronny Rios Very Motivated To Face Brandon Figueroa Next Romero: Everyone In MY Weight Division, They're A Bunch Of F---in’ Divas WBO Exploring Options To Designate Lightweight Mandatory Challenger Luke Campbell: Ryan Garcia's Social Media Followers Won't Help Him In The Ring Jose Ramirez: I'll Be Much Bigger, Stronger When I Go To 147 For Crawford Nova: I Out-Boxed A Very Good Boxer; Sparrow Told Me I'll Be A Champion RBF Exec Discusses Aloyan, Gassiev, Beterbiev, Besputin Demsey McKean Urges Joseph Parker To Accept Showdown Ryder: Hearn Let Golden Boy Know I'm Available For Canelo in September WBC Prez: Fury-Whyte Can Happen in 2020 if Wilder Drops Out Jackie Nava Dominates Estrella Valverde For Decision Win Shabaz Masoud Comes Under The MTK Global Banner Should Amateur Records Count in Evaluating Greatness? Carl Froch: Jarrell Miller Should Be Banned - Chuck The Book at Him! Teixeira Would Love To Retire Spike O'Sullivan For His Trash Talk Pulev Promoter Warns Anthony Joshua: The Knockout is Coming! 'Cassius' Clay Collard Added To July 14 ESPN Show Jose Pedraza Hopes To Return in Two Months in Bigger Fight Charles Conwell Believes Prospects Have Big Opportunity To Shine During Covid Pandemic Callum Smith: I'd Still Take Canelo Fight In A Heartbeat; I'm Not Ducking It Jamal James: Treat Every Fight Like A Championship, That's My Philosophy Katie Taylor Prepared To Move Forward With Persoon Rematch Hearn: Miller Was Supposed To Pay Back Money Fronted For Joshua Fight From Forrest Purse Ryan Garcia: Everyone Will Go Crazy If I Fight Tank Davis - Why Wait? Daily Bread Mailbag: Canelo-Mayweather, Jarrell Miller, More Erik Bazinyan: I Want To Become Armenia's Next Great Champion Trajche Ilioski To Make Pro Debut, Inks With Tony Tolj Saunders, Eubank Jr. Resume Feud, Trade Vicious Words Fury vs. Joshua Would Be Big in America, Says Top Rank Exec Will 'Fight Camp' Put Boxing Center Stage Again or Is It Hearn's Big Vanity Project Fury: Wilder Will Be More Dangerous in Trilogy Than Ever Before Sergio Martinez Confirms Jose Miguel Fandino is Comeback Opponent Navarrete Very Confident of Beating Inoue: He Can't Take What Dogboe Took Sullivan Barrera Willing To Drop To 168 For Canelo Showdown Vegas Bettor Wins $7,500 From $150K Wager Placed on Albert Bell Roberto Duran on COVID-19 Battle: It Was a World Title Fight That I Was Able To Win
Latest Forum Threads