Unlike past negotiations that never came to fruition, these talks for a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight seem to have some real traction.
The latest has Mayweather flat out calling Pacquiao out.
"We are ready. Let's make it happen. May 2. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let's do it," Mayweather told Showtime over the weekend, as reported by ESPN. "Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or dodging any opponent. [Pacquiao’s promoter] Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We have been trying to make this fight happen behind the scenes for years now, but the fans and the people have been fooled because they have been listening to people just on one side. Now it's time for us to talk. We want the fight."
For fans who have been longing for this much-hyped bout, this new chapter in the rivalry certainly will raise anticipation if you believe what Money May has to say about it.
"Let's make this fight happen. Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years," Mayweather added. "We're tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics. You guys didn't want to take random blood and urine testing, so that's why it didn't happen. Then I offered you $40 million, then you didn't want to make the fight happen. You lost twice, now you coming back begging for the same money. That's not going to happen. Let's make the fight happen for the people and the fans. Mayweather versus Pacquiao, May 2, Cinco de Mayweather."
The undefeated boxing champion reasoned that the main reason that Pacman wants the fight now is because of a punishing loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012 and another one to Timothy Bradley Jr. later that year, which he avenged this past April.
Mayweather calling out Pacquiao comes one month after Pacquiao did the same thing, telling ESPN, “I want that fight.”
Boxing fans hope that a report last month about Showtime, which is under contract with Mayweather and HBO, with Pacquiao allegedly in talks to make the mega bout happen, increase the chances of the highly anticipated fight finally being solidified.
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