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    Manny Pacquiao camp vows it won't cause any 'unnecessary difficulties' in negotiations for Floyd Mayweather fight

    Dec 14, 2014
    Manny Pacquiao says the prize split and drug-testing won't be an issue in negotiations with Floyd Mayweather, but insists the bout should be fought at the welterweight limit. Jerome Ascano

    FLOYD Mayweather can expect no catch weight if and when he finally gets to fight Manny Pacquiao, who wants it at the welterweight limit - no more, no less.

    “(Sa) 147 lang,” said Pacquiao when asked on what weight he’s willing to face the unbeaten Mayweather, who called out the Filipino boxing great late Friday night for them to finally face each other inside the ring on May 2.

    “Basta mag-usap muna. Mahirap kung hindi mag-usap, e.”

    Pacquiao already hinted the split of the prize purse will not be an issue for him once negotiations for the bout many projected will be the richest in boxing history get rolling.

    [See Mayweather to Pacquiao: 'Let's do it']

    The eight-time world division champion has also agreed to undergo random drug-testing, which became the sore point in previous negotiations with the Mayweather camp.

    But it appears weight matters most for Pacquiao.

    Michael Konz, Pacquiao’s personal adviser, was more precise about the issue.

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    “If the Floyd fight is made, we will fight at 147. We will not put a catch weight in there,” said Konz.

    Despite the stand on the weight limit, Konz also made it clear the Pacman camp won't cause any 'unnecessary difficulties' in the negotiations.

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    “We’ll not gonna throw any monkey wrench in there to manipulate or cause any unnecessary difficulties,” he said.

    [See Pacquiao on Mayweather call: 'Gawin niya, hindi puro salita']

    The weight factor is a potential problem in negotiations since the 37-year-old Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) fought at the light-middleweight class last year when he faced Canelo Alvarez for the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) titles.

    The light-middleweight class is set at 154-lbs.

    Pacquiao also went up at 154 when he challenged for the WBC crown against towering Mexican Antonio Margarito. The 35-year-old Filipino won the fight in lopsided fashion in what went down as the heaviest he fought as a pro.

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    But Konz made it clear the Margarito bout is different, since the Mexican, who has since retired, is a natural middleweight.

    “Against Margarito, we fought at (a catch weight) of 151 and Margarito came in at 170,” recalled Konz. “Floyd can’t put that kind of weight on, so that risk is not there.”

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