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Mayweather: Pacquiao was ‘Better than I Thought’

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After 49 professional fights, Floyd “Money” Mayweather may go down as the best fighter of his generation, and quite possibly one of the greatest fighters the sport has ever seen.

He’s certainly been the sport’s most lucrative fighter, earning a total of $700 million in career earnings, according to Forbes.

Mayweather, who was in Russia this week, reflected on some of the most difficult outings of his unblemished career.

“I can say that none of them were easy,” Mayweather said when asked to rank his three toughest opponents¬†(h/t Boxing Scene). “Although I must say that Canelo [Alvarez] was tough.

“Miguel Cotto [was tough]. Manny Pacquiao was very tough. Pacquiao is very good. He was better than I thought.”

Mayweather faced Pacquiao in May, almost five years after the two held the boxing world at their mercy for wanting nothing more than to see the two best boxers of this generation collide in the ring. Pacquiao reportedly entered the contest with an injured shoulder, hampering his abilities inside the ring which led to relatively one-sided scorecards and majorly disappointed fans.

The matchup proved to be a financial success, however, bringing in a record-setting 4.6 million pay-per-view buys and generating more than $500 million in total revenue.

“Money” retired in September, immediately after defeating Andre Berto in a 12-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Though he’s adamant about keeping his gloves permanently hung, many speculate Mayweather will return to the ring at some point, either for the prospect of bringing his record to a nice round 50-0 or the money he’d likely make.

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