Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. now both past their primes, have been going back and forth for years about a big pay-per-view megafight, but for some reason or another, it just never happened.
Now, in an interview on Showtime Friday night, Mayweather called on Pacquiao to fight him on May 2nd, but don’t hold your breath on this one…
“Absolutely, I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. We tried to make the fight happen years ago. We had problems with random blood and urine testing. Like I said I just want to be on an even playing field. Now he’s in a very, very tight situation — he lost to [Juan Manuel] Marquez, he’s lost to [Timothy] Bradley. Pay-per-view numbers are down… extremely low, so he’s desperate.”
Mayweather’s fought arguably nothing but bums in his rise to the top, and now that the aging Pacquiao dropped two fights, we guess now’s a great time for the big event. Floyd also accuses Bob Arum as the culprit in holding up this fight for years, while the Pacquiao camp has accused Mayweather of ducking him.
“Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We’ve been trying to make this fight happen behind the scenes for years now…. we want to fight, we’re ready. Let’s make it happen May 2nd. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.”
In the past, Mayweather offered up $40 million to Pacquiao for a fight, but due to circumstances, that kind of money is apparently no longer on the table.
“I offered you $40 million, then you didn’t want to make the fight happen, you lost twice, now you coming back begging for the same money. That’s not gonna happen.”