The fight the world has been waiting for – Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquaio – may finally be on the horizon.
As the rhetoric between the two most famous boxers in the world grows, Manny Pacquiao hasn’t minced words when it comes to a potential fight with pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Hopefully it will all end with the people getting what they want and deserve, a super fight after years of anticipation.
On Tuesday, Pacquiao went to the undefeated Mayweather on Twitter to let him know he’s ready to take him on.
.@FloydMayweather, don't be a boxing humbug. Let's give the fans the fight they want. They have waited long enough.
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) December 16, 2014
Mayweather-Pacquiao is a fight boxing fans have craved since 2009 but one that never has been agreed to due to various unsuccessful negotiations which broke down due to disagreements to do with random drug testing and purses.
But a potential showdown, seemingly took a step toward fruition Friday night when Mayweather said during a Showtime interview that he wants to fight Pacquiao next and wants it to be May 2, the Cinco de Mayo weekend that Mayweather has regularly fought on.
“We are ready. Let’s make it happen. May 2nd. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it,” Mayweather said.
The interview included Mayweather’s first extended remarks on the prospect of the fight in quite some time, and it was the first time he directly said he wanted to fight Pacquiao next and mentioned a specific date.
Pacquiao responded earlier this week that he is willing and able.
“He [Mayweather] has reached a dead end,” the Filipino great told skysports.com. “He has nowhere to run but to fight me. 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. You all know his fighting style. Most of his previous fights, if not all, induced us to sleep.”
Pacquiao, who turns 36 today, is coming off a dominant win in November against Chris Algieri to retain his welterweight title and move to 57-5-2 with thirty eight of those coming by way of knock-out.
On the other hand, the undefeated Mayweather is 37 and the sport’s biggest draw at 47-0 with 26 knock-out wins.
Garbh Madigan, Pundit Arena