MANNY PACQUIAO slammed Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition bout against Tenshin Nasukawa branding it ‘bad for boxing’.
Last month Mayweather, 41, boxed Japanese featherweight kickboxer Nasukawa, 20, in an exhibition bout that lasted just one round as the American floored the boxing debutant three times.
AP:Associated Press9 Pacquiao claims Mayweather's exhibition bout was bad for boxing
AFP9 Mayweather stopped Nasukawa after one round in Tokyo, Japan
Although the bout was an exhibition, and will not go on either fighters professional records, Mayweather still walked away with $9million.
One man who was not impressed with Mayweather crushing the boxing novice was Pacquiao, 40, who defends his WBA ‘regular’ welterweight title against Adrien Broner, 29, on January 19.
Pacquiao said: "I won't do that. If I'm Floyd I wouldn't do that.
"Exhibition match where you just knock him out. That's not good for the fans."
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EPA9 It was the first time Nasukawa had fought under boxing rules
EPA9 Mayweather claims he was paid $9m for the bout
AP:Associated Press9 Pacquiao said he would not compete in an exhibition bout
In May 2015 Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao in a fight that was five years in the making and sold a record 4.6m pay-per-views.
Pacquiao claimed after the fight he had torn his left rotator cuff in training, and he was unable to fight to the best of his ability.
The Filipino six-weight world champion has vied for a rematch ever since, though he claims all his attention is currently on beating Mayweather's former close friend Broner.
Pacquiao added: "I'm not thinking about Floyd Mayweather, my plan is one [fight] at a time. I'm not planning for future plans."
AP:Associated Press9 Mayweather outpointed Pacquiao in May 2015
Getty – Contributor9 Pacquiao claims he is focusing solely on the Broner fight
Although Pacquiao is focussing on Broner, his long time trainer, Freddie Roach, has made it no secret he would like his pupil to have one more crack at Mayweather.
The trainer told FightHype that Mayweather only took the exhibition bout in Japan as a means to stay relevant, possibility to build up to a rematch with Pacman.
Roach said: “Floyd put himself on TV for a reason. He wants people to still know that he’s still fighting, that he’s still in action.
“He won by knockout. He fought a smaller person. He’s in the limelight again. For this fight or any future fight to happen things like that have to happen.