Recent times have seen Manny Pacquiao both call out and take shots at Floyd Mayweather, demanding once and for all that the superfight five years in the making finally happens.
For the first time since Pacquiao has decided to take the lead on the subject, Mayweather offered a direct response – sort of.
“Absolutely, I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather insisted during an interview on Showtime’s ShoBox series. Mayweather was on hand at ringside as lead promoter for a show headlined by Erislandy Lara versus Ishe Smith in San Antonio.
While Mayweather insisted his willingness to take part in the fight, it didn’t take long for the unbeaten pound-for-pound king to stroll down memory lane in spelling out why they’ve yet to meet in the ring.
“We tried to make the fight happen years ago. Now he's in a very tight situation. He's lost to Marquez. He's lost to Bradley. He's desperate,” Mayweather insists. “I've been wanting that fight a long time ago. We have to make the fight happen on Showtime (Pay-Per-View).”
Negotiations – or at least attempted discussions – date back to Nov. ’09, when both were the best two fighters in the world and by far the sport’s biggest draws. Mayweather returned to the ring earlier in the year, scoring a landslide decision over Juan Manuel Marquez, thus ending a 21-month hiatus.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao won his second welterweight fight, stopping Miguel Cotto in the 12th round of their Nov. ’09 title fight at a 145 lb. catchweight. The win came 11 months after the Filipino superstar battered Oscar de la Hoya into retirement, a feat that saw his career soar to new heights – and coming at a time when Mayweather was initially done with the sport.
Following the win over Cotto, negotiations were underway and seemingly on the verge of securing what many consider to be the richest fight in boxing history to be made. Alas, pen never made it to paper, as talks broke down when Mayweather demanded that both fighters undergo random blood and urine testing, a claim that was often met with subtle (and sometimes deliberate) suggestions that Pacquiao’s success as he climbed up the scales might not have been entirely natural.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.