It’s almost impossible to read Floyd Mayweather.
That’s because “Money” is a fast-talking, business savvy boxer who knows exactly what he needs to say to keep the media and fans mesmerized.
That’s why he’s the highest paid boxer ever, and will likely retire as the highest paid athlete in sports history when it’s all said and done.
So what does that have to do with anything?
Well, ever since Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) suffered a devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) has refused to entertain talks about a potential super-fight between the two. Even when Pacquiao’s dominant performance against Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 reenergized talks about the highly-anticipated super-fight, Mayweather and his handlers simply brushed it aside.
However, Mayweather made an interesting revelation during a recent interview with Chris Robinson.
“My focus is May 3rd. I don’t know who my opponent will be,” Mayweather said. “If it’s Pacquiao, it’s Pacquiao. If it’s Amir Khan, it’s Amir Khan. For 17 years they’ve been putting guys in front of me, and I’ve been beating them. Come May they’ll put a guy in front of me, I’ll go to training camp, work hard, and the results will be the same.”
That’s the first time Mayweather has acknowledged Pacquiao as a potential opponent in quite some time.
It also comes at a time when the WBC recently listed Pacquiao as the number one challenger to Floyd’s welterweight title. Manny won’t become the mandatory challenger until after Mayweather’s next fight, and only if he doesn’t reclaim the WBO welterweight title from Timothy Bradley before then.
Given the history of failed negotiations between the two camps, there are still a lot of obstacles in the way of the super-fight. However, it is worth nothing that Mayweather’s renewed openness to fighting Pacquiao, and the Filipino congressman’s tax troubles might just create the perfect conditions for successful negotiations.
Pacquiao is accused of owning over $50 million in back taxes in his native Philippines, and, according to TMZ, the United States’ Internal Revenue Service is now claiming “Pacman” owes over $18 million stateside.
Clearly, a super-fight against Floyd Mayweather might just be Pacquiao’s only way out of his current financial predicament.
That should make Pac and Arum a lot more reasonable during the next round of negotiations, so, as long as he’s willing to undergo Olympic style drug testing and pretty much say “how high?” anytime Money says “jump,” a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao super-fight remains a possibility.