It’s always interesting to hear what Manny Pacquiao has to say about a potential super-fight with Floyd Mayweather.
This time around, “Pacman” was responding to “Money’s” comments following a one-sided smack down of Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13. Mayweather said he was open to the possibility of the two finally settling their differences if the opportunity was there.
Pacquiao fired back during an interview with AFP.
"He's all talk. Until now he has not yet agreed to fight me. Instead of blabbing, he should face me atop the ring," Pacquiao said. "I'm tired of his alibis. If he really wants to fight me, he knows how to reach me. We can fight anytime, anywhere."
Manny Pacquiao also shared his thoughts on Mayweather’s recent victory against Maidana.
"To me, Maidana won that fight. Mayweather's face and lips were swelling compared to Maidana's unblemished face," the Filipino congressman added.
Clearly, Pacman has no business ever judging a boxing fight!
In all seriousness though, it’s comments like the above that have prevented the highly-demanded Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight from becoming a reality.
Rather than addressing legitimate reasons that have prevented the mega-fight from happening like the fact Money wants a lion share of the revenue that will be generated from the bout, Pacquiao is content to appease the mob of uneducated, casual boxing fans who aren’t knowledgeable about the history of the failed negotiations between the two camps.
Unfortunately, comments like these continue to hurt his credibility with hardcore boxing fans.
After all, Pacquiao was the one who brought their first round of negotiations to an end because he refused to undergo Olympic Style Drug Testing, claiming he was afraid of blood testing despite the fact his body is covered with tattoos.
Pacquiao was the same fighter whose manager, Bob Arum, came up with the lamest excuse in boxing history during the latest round of serious talks between the two camps, claiming the MGM Grand wasn’t big enough after a judge postponed a Mayweather jail sentence to pave way for the mega-fight. Then there’s the infamous “cut” excuse.
While Mayweather bears some responsibility for the failed negotiations, his “excuses” have been consistent. Money has made it clear that he won’t sign on the dotted line unless Pacquiao undergoes Olympic style drug testing and accepts whatever purse split he offers.
Given the fact one fighter sports a 47-0-0 record with the highest pay-per-view numbers in boxing’s history, while the other’s record is 56-5-2 with declining PPV sales, that seems about right.
The highly anticipated Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will happen when Pacman agrees to those terms.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.