Despite the fact Floyd Mayweather has made it clear he won't hold another round of negotiations with Manny Pacquiao as long as Top Rank promoter Bob Arum remains in the picture, the Filipino congressman continues to halfheartedly push for the highly-demanded super-fight.
Mayweather recently made fun of Pacquiao's attempts to organize the fight, implying "Pac Man" was only interested in the super-fight because of tax problems in his native Philippines and the United States. Pacquiao -- who insists his financial house is in order -- fired back at Mayweather during a recent interview, suggesting the two men donate all earnings from a super-fight to charity.
"I am willing to fight for charity," Pacquiao said. "Anywhere, anytime. Let's see what his answer will be since he claimed I was desperate for money and I am willing to fight for nothing."
Now, that's an interesting idea coming from a man who reportedly owes approximately $68 million in back taxes.
It's hard to take Pacquiao's challenge seriously considering the fact it's directed at a man fondly known as "Money" Mayweather, the same guy that's been quoted in the past saying: "If it doesn't make money, it doesn't make sense."
By now, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) knows that public opinion isn't going to sway Floyd one way or the other, but he seems content playing the "good guy" role, making empty offers to Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) while his loyalists run around accusing Floyd of ducking.
"The public clamor for a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is getting stronger," Pacquiao told Aquiles Z. Zonio. "The only way he can avoid facing me in the ring is to retire from boxing. … Floyd, if you're a real man, fight me. Let's do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let's do it not for the sake of money. Let's make the boxing fans happy."
Hardcore Pacquiao fans might eat it all up, but for those who have closely followed the Mayweather-Pacquiao saga over the years; it's simply Manny being Manny. The eight-division champion is a politician after all, so he knows exactly what to say to keep his fan base loyal and committed.
For more objective boxing fans though, this is just another example of how Manny has never been truly serious about organizing a super-fight against Mayweather. Expect boxing's pound-for-pound king to respond with harsh words.
Money is yet to announce who his next opponent will be, but, for a moment, it seemed like Amir Khan would be the winner of the most recent round of the Mayweather sweepstakes when Adrien Broner tried to exercise his rematch clause against Marcos Maidana -- who became the first man to defeat "The Problem" last December. However, the Argentinian isn't in a rush to fight Broner anytime soon, stating he plans to take a long vacation unless he's offered a fight against Mayweather.