The feud between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has been on for quite some time, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be coming to an end anytime soon. Leading up to Pacquiao’s Nov. 12, title bout against Juan Manuel Marquez, Mayweather made it clear he wants a piece of the Filipino boxer.
Many boxing fans are hoping the two great boxers get a deal done this time around, but negotiations so far haven’t been fruitful. Manny did indicate a desire to fight Mayweather on the proposed May 5, 2012 date, but the man that calls the shots doesn’t seem interested. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum seems determined to avoid a fight with Mayweather anytime soon, even though many boxing fans are clamoring for the super-fight.
“I’ve been told the boy May 5th is open,” Mayweather said in an interview with FightHype.com. “I told him May 5th is open… Losing is in Pacquiao’s mind because he just lost last week. He lost to Marquez three times. Sign the contract! Sign the contract! I’m waiting… You want a fight, let’s make it happen. May 5th! Now this is FightHype coming to you live. This is exclusive. May 5th, let make the fight. I’m here, I’m waiting. What’s going on? You said you a clean athlete and you said you would take the tests and all that, well let’s do it. May 5th I’m ready, I’m ready to sign today.”
There is no question Mayweather wants to fight Pacquiao next, and it’ll be extremely disappointing if the super-fight doesn’t take place next year.
Pacquiao says he wants the fight, but he’ll have to do a lot more, if he truly wants the super-fight to happen. It all comes down to a battle of wills between Pacquiao and Arum, and it’ll be interesting to see who gets their way.
If the fight fails to materialize, Pacquiao will get the majority of the blame due to Arum’s behavior. It’s pretty ironic Pacquiao represents his countrymen as a member of the Filipino congress, yet he’s seems to be having problems representing himself.