Roy Jones Jr hails Manny Pacquiao’s ‘absolutely amazing’ legacy and says losing to Floyd Mayweather is not a ‘regret’
Jones praised his fellow boxing legend after Pacquiao officially announced his retirement.
PacMan goes on as one of the most famous fighters of all time, winning titles in a record eight divisions.
But the biggest of his 72 fights was against longtime rival Mayweather in 2015, which ended in a one-point loss.
This settled five years of ready-made negotiations and resulted in a US record of 4.6 million pay-per-views.
Pacquiao, 42, pursued a rematch with 44-year-old Mayweather after the loss, citing an injury to his right shoulder.
But despite never getting a shot at revenge, Jones insists that the iconic PacMan can enjoy retirement no matter what happens that night.
They told sky game: “It’s not his regret. Because that wasn’t what he wasn’t trying to do.
“He was trying to do it, but it didn’t happen until Mayweather agreed to it. It’s nothing he regrets.”
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Pacquiao had memorable trilogy matches with four fights against Eric Morales, 45, Timothy Bradley, 38, and even Juan Manuel Marquez, 48.
He was unbeaten in three headings on his return in August, thanks to wins over Lucas Mathisse, 39, Adrian Broner, 32, and Keith Thurman, 32.
The southeastern superstar was then to challenge 31-year-old Errol Spence Jr. for the WBC and IBF unified welterweight titles.
But undefeated American Spence was ruled out with an eye injury with 35-year-old Cuban Yordanis Ugas, who was instead picked up from the undercard.
Ugas won a one-point decision and sent Pacquiao into retirement instead of concentrating on his bid to become President of the Philippines.
Jones commented on Packman’s many feuds for HBO and, like many boxing fans around the world, was grateful for his career.
It was a beautiful career and I am happy to experience it, glad to know it.
Roy Jones Jr on Manny Pacquiao
He said: “He has left an absolutely wonderful legacy in boxing. He had an entire country and an entire continent behind him.
“He brought a lot to the game, he entertained for a long time, it was a beautiful thing to watch.
“It was like a country against the world – that’s what they represented.
“It was a beautiful career and I’m happy to experience it, glad to know it.
“He’s a great guy who had a great career. He fought whatever came his way, whatever was close to his weight.
“He had the cat of a trilogy with some people. He had fights with many Mexicans.
“He had really good fights, and fought under all the names available to him at the time.”