Have Filipino fighter Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum finally boxed undefeated Floyd Mayweather into a corner? Following Mayweather’s long-awaited response to a match between them, Pacquiao says he will remain skeptical about the former’s boast until Mayweather’s signature is on the contract.
Showtime interviewed the Money May earlier where he was heard to declare he’d been rooting for a bout with the Pacman. He even set a date for their fight on May 2, claiming Pacquiao and Arum have been avoiding his challenge for years.
But the eight division champion remains unconvinced of Mayweather’s claims, saying the American pound-for-pound king should stuff his money where his mouth is and put his John Hancock on the contract.
"He (Mayweather) has reached a dead end. He has nowhere to run but to fight me," Pacquiao told AFP as reported by GMA Network. "I will try my best to (make) this a thrilling and entertaining fight. But I doubt if he's gonna engage me in a slugfest."
"Mayweather can get the amount he wants,” the Filipino fighter continued, even offering Mayweather a $40 million purse to agree to the fight.
However, if money is not an issue, Pacquiao has issued another challenge — a charity match.
In recent years, Mayweather has given several interviews where he challenged the Filipino boxer to a rendezvous in the ring but later gave excuses on a number of things, such as Pacquiao’s unwillingness to do random drug and urine testing (which the latter already agreed to a couple of years ago during negotiations between their camps), and Pacquiao’s unfinished K.O. business with Mexican fighter, Juan Manuel Marquez.
Mayweather has also been known to make derisive comments about his yet-to-be-faced nemesis, even releasing a meme on social media showing his take on Pacquiao’s knock out loss to Marquez last Dec. 8, 2012, a defeat that rendered the Filipino boxer unconscious for several minutes.
In a bid to make their fight happen, Pacquiao and Arum released a verbal offensive challenging Mayweather to a battle long anticipated by boxing fans worldwide. Pacquiao even starred in a Foot Locker commercial trolling Mayweather’s reluctance to a face off.
Watch this clip where Mayweather reiterates his response to the challenge:
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