LIKE boxing fans worldwide, tennis star Andy Murray could only hope Manny Pacquiao finally gets the fight he wants most -- a megabuck showdown against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Speaking after seeing action in the International Premier Tennis League on Friday, Murray, a self-confessed boxing fan, said he was happy he finally got his wish of meeting the Filipino boxing superstar.
The two met on Thursday night during an IPTL affair at the Edsa Shangrila.
And one wish Murray would like to see is for the highly-anticipated bout between Pacquiao and Mayweather to finally happen by next year.
“I’m a boxing fan so it was very nice,” said Murray during the post-game press conference that preceded Manila Mavericks’ lost to the UAE Royals in the opening day of the IPTL Manila leg.
“I hope he gets the fight he wants next year,” Murray said, obviously referring to Mayweather Jr.
A ray of hope for a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout happening by next year recently cropped up in the day leading to the Pacquiao-Chris Algieri title match after Top Rank Promotions’ Bob Arum revealed there is a silent but ongoing negotiations being held between the camps of both fighters.
Arum said hopefully the long-delayed match that has been in the offing for the last five years take place within the first six months of next year.
Other than boxing, Pacquiao is also a known basketball aficionado as he serves as playing-coach of Kia Motors in the PBA.
Murray, however, wasn’t able to invite Pacquiao to play tennis during their brief conversation.
“I certainly won’t fight him in the ring,” said Murray, with a smile.