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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.”

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Rafael reminded Porter that he was supposed to answer from the perspective of a fighter, not a fan. He told the BoxingScene.com contributor and former ESPN.com 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 BoxingScene.com. 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…

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