Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Manny Pacquiao On Showtime Boxing
Floyd Mayweather says he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao, and even offered a date.
But fans can only be cautiously optimistic as many of the five-year roadblocks to the megafight remain — and Mayweather hit on those bullet points during an interview with Showtime’s Steve Farhood on Friday night.
“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao. We tried to make the fight happen years ago,” Mayweather told Farhood in San Antonio.
“He’s in a very, very tight situation. He’s lost to Marquez, he’s lost to Bradley. Pay-per-view numbers are down extremely low.”
Manny Pacquiao knocked down Chris Algieri six times in November.
Pacquiao is coming off a November win over Chris Algieri in Macau, which reportedly did around 400,000 PPV buys for HBO. Mayweather is under contract for two more fights with Showtime, with the next expected in May.
In 2009, it was Pacquiao’s initial refusal to random blood and urine testing. Later, Mayweather said he offered the Filipino star a $40 million flat purse for the fight, which the latter refused. Now, they fight on separate networks. And, of course, Bob Arum remains Pacquiao’s promoter.
Pacquiao and Arum turned up the heat on Mayweather following the Algieri fight, and Friday night was Mayweather’s chance to return serve.
“Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight,” Mayweather said. “We have been trying to make this fight happen, behind the scenes, for years now. The fans and the people have been fooled. They have been listening to people just on one side.
“Now it’s time for us to talk. We want the fight. We are ready. Let’s make it happen. May 2nd. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it.”
Mayweather insisted the fight would have to be on Showtime, and the $40 million that Pacquiao was once offered is “not gonna happen.”
“I know that he’s not on my level. The fans would love to see the fight. And of course, I want to go out with a bang,” Mayweather said.