MANNY Pacquiao said he is looking forward to a meeting with the camp of archrival Floyd Mayweather Jr. when he goes to the US later this month, raising a glimmer of hope that their long-awaited showdown may finally push through.
The Filipino boxing star, who turns 35 on December 17, said he’s scheduled to have a vacation with his family in the US, and at the same time, sit down and talk with the Mayweather camp about a possible meeting between two of the finest fighters of their generation.
“OK naman yun (negotiation for the fight). Mag-uusap pa lang kami,” said the eight-time world title holder. “Basta mag-uusap muna kami. Pagka nagkasundo, pag-uusapan na namin (yung fight).” (We have to talk first. If we can come to an agreement, then we'll talk about the fight.)
Asked if there’s a possibility Mayweather could end up as his opponent in his scheduled April 12 return to Las Vegas, Pacquiao said he hopes so.
“Hindi pa natin alam, pero may chance naman,” said the congressman from the province of Sarangani. (We still don't know, but there's a chance.)
But in a report by FightHype of an interview Mayweather had with South Carolina radio host Kelly Mac, Mayweather looked cold on a match with Pacquiao who he implied is not in the same league as he is.
“Like I said before, he’s 1 and 2 in his last 3 fights. And my last 45 fights, I’m 45 and 0,” said the native of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He also took a dig at the poor pay-per-view sales of Pacquiao’s comeback fight against Brandon Rios in Macau, which only drew around 500,000 views.
“You look at his pay-per-view numbers. Do your homework. You know, first you gotta do your homework. Look at my pay-per-view numbers, look at his pay-per-view numbers, and then you tell me what you come up with,” Mayweather said.
The unbeaten American is already pencilled for a May 5 fight, although no opponent has yet been named, as in the case of Pacquiao's scheduled April 12 fight.
The hard-hitting Filipino southpaw had just been elevated by the World Boxing Council as the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger for the world welterweight title currently being held by Mayweather.
Bobby Pacquiao, the former fighter and brother of the Pacman, recently told Spin.ph that fighting Mayweather has been a longtime dream of Manny.
“Matagal na niyang hinihintay `yung laban na yun. Kasi alam naman nating lahat, si Mayweather ang pinakasikat din na boxer ngayon. So magkaka-alaman talaga,” said the younger Pacquiao. (He has been waiting for that fight for a long time. We all know Mayweather is one of the most famous boxers today, so that fight will reveal who's the best.)
“Pag natuloy `yung laban, talagang maghahanda ng husto si Kuya Manny. Magandang laban 'yan. Diyan talaga makikita kung sino sa kanila ang pound-for-pound king,” said Bobby. (If that fight pushes through, Manny will surely prepare well. That will be a good fight. We will know who really is the pound-for-pound king.)
But Bobby is also wary Mayweather may yet come out with another excuses, like relinquishing his title belt, in order to avoid fighting Pacquiao.
“Ganun nga yun eh. Pero halatang halata na siyang duwag kung gagawin niya ulit na bitawan `yung belt niya. Talagang malalamang duwag siya kay kuya Manny,” added the younger Pacquiao. (If Mayweather decides to give up the title belt and avoid fighting Pacquiao, everybody will know he's afraid of Pacquiao.)
Disagreements in fight purse and drug-testing procedures, among others, contributed to the shelving of past negotiations for the fight many anticipates to become the richest ever in boxing history.