MANNY Pacquiao is not about to take the latest rant of Floyd Mayweather Jr. sitting down.
The boxing great from the Philippines challenged the unbeaten Mayweather to stop all his talking and instead, get his act together and let the fight the boxing fans wanted to see finally happen.
“Gawin niya, hindi puro salita,” an obviously irritated Pacquiao said Saturday when asked about his reaction on Mayweather’s challenge for them to finally face each other on the ring on May 2 of next year.
In an interview with Showtime, Mayweather at the break of the world title fight between Erislandy Lara and Ishe Smith at the Alamodome in San Antonio, the unbeaten fighter (47-0, 26 KOs) from Grand Rapids, Michigan called out on the 35-year-old Pacquiao to put together the fight boxing fans have long been asking for, saying he’s been looking forward to it the first time negotiations was discussed on the table in 2009.
“We are ready. Let's make it happen. May 2. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let's do it,” Mayweather said during an interview in Showtime Boxing: Special Edition.
Issues involving drug-testing, fight purse, pay-per-view shares, plus some bloated egos on the side, had shelved previous discussions about the fight many believed will go down as the richest in the history of boxing.
Pacquiao would later agree to the random drug testing which Mayweather suggested the two of them undergo together prior to and after the fight. Now even the question of who gets the better share of the purse is not a problem for the Filipino boxing icon.
“I’m not after material things, so money won’t be an issue,” said Pacquiao, who arrived from General Santos City Saturday morning to attend a wedding in Manila.
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) is coming off a dominant showing against Chris Algieri three weeks ago in Macau that saw the eight-time world division champion send the American challenger down to the canvas six times on the way to a lopsided decision and retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title.
Days leading to the fight, Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum revealed silent but ongoing negotiations involving people close to both fighters to have the mega-bout finally happen at least in the first six months of 2015.
Mayweather though never mentioned anything about the current talks, and instead labeled Pacquiao as ‘desperate’ to have the fight following his back-to-back shocking losses to Juan Manuel Marquez and Tim Bradley in 2012.
He likewise noted the decreasing numbers of Pacquiao in pay-per-view especially in fights against Algieri and Brandon Rios, both of which were held outside of the US.
“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao. We tried to make the fight happen years ago; we had problems with random blood and urine testing,” Mayweather, 37, said. “I just want to be on an even playing field.
Now he's in a very, very tight situation. He's lost to Marquez, he's lost to Bradley. Pay-per-view numbers are extremely low. He's desperate. I wanted that fight a long time ago. I'm just waiting on them,” said Mayweather, a bronze medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
But proof he’s not as desperate as what his brash rival has been claiming, Pacquiao, who turns 36 on Wedsneday, said he’s willing to sign on the dotted line anytime, notwithstanding the complicated issues preventing the match from happening.
“(Let’s) sign,” he said.