LAS VEGAS – When Manny Pacquiao is surrounded by a horde of journalists, questions about Floyd Mayweather Jr. are not far behind.
Just days before his duel against American challenger Tim Bradley, the Philippines’ pride once again had to talk about his aborted mega-fight against Mayweather and answer questions on whether the bout could still push through.
Negotiations for the fight, which had stalled time and again due to disputes over everything from the prize purse split to drug-testing, are currently on hold as the brash Mayweather serves out a jail term for domestic violence.
The charismatic champion insisted that his decision to decline Mayweather’s offer of an uneven split in revenues or a fixed purse of US$40 million was only based on fair play.
“It’s not a proper negotiation if you’re a businessman,” he stressed. “And if I accept it, he will be laughing behind my back.”
Since he’s also here now, Pacquiao was asked by one journalist if he would have the time to visit Mayweather in the Las Vegas county jail.
“I don’t know yet,” was his answer.
And instead of hatred, prayers are what the Pacman is offering for his trash-talking rival.
“I’m praying for him. I don’t treat him as my opponent, as my enemy. I treat him as my friend, my brother,” he said. “I’m praying that everything with him will be fine.”