MACAU – The boxing careers of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will always be intertwined with each other.
Five days before he goes up the ring to fight unbeaten Chris Algieri, Pacquiao couldn't avoid being asked about finally making his long-awaited face-off with Mayweather a reality by 2015.
The 35-year-old Filipino, who stakes his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title Sunday noon at the Cotai Arena here, was quick to snap back that he’s ready to face anybody, be it Mayweather or somebody else.
“I’m a boxer. I’m willing to fight anybody. I’m not ducking anyone,” said Pacquiao, who was in a light mood as he faced members of the international media shortly before doing his first workout in this former Portuguese colony since arriving early Monday evening.
But at the same time, he offered a glimmer of hope to a fight that has been time and again stalled due to disagreements over drug testing and prize purses, not to mentiona ego.
“As long as I’m still in boxing, and as long as he is still in boxing, then there’s always a chance for that (fight),” said Pacquiao, who represents the lone province of Sarangani in Congress.
Earlier, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum hinted about the quiet but ongoing negotiations of making the mega-fight happen within the next six months of next year.
And this time, the long-time boxing official said he’s more `enthused now about the possibility of the fight happening than I have in the last 3 or 4 years.’
Arum would not go into details, but mentioned about an article that came out in the Los Angeles Times revealing the current talks involving key aides of both fighters and CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves.
CBS Corp. is the parent company of Showtime which promotes the 37-year-old Mayweather, the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) 147-lbs. champion.
“But I don’t wanna talk about it because it’s gonna be counter-productive,” said Arum.
Floyd Jr. fired the first shot about the fight with Pacquiao finally taking place when he told before million of televiewers for them (Pacquiao) `to do it’ shortly after he was asked about the matter during his rematch with Marcos Maidana two months ago.
When reminded about it, Pacquiao lets out a hearty laugh
“That’s Mayweather. Sometimes, he’s good weather, sometimes he’s bad weather,” said the Filipino boxing great, who drew laughter from the international press.