The Philippine Star
LAS VEGAS – The big question had to be asked after Manny Pacquiao pulled off a unanimous victory over Timothy Bradley last night and became the new WBO welterweight champion.
It was about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the super-fight that has yet to happen.
“It’s really hard to talk about that,” said Pacquiao, who must have gotten tired of all the talks surrounding the Mayweather fight.
“How many years, days and months have we talked about it but it has never happened,” said Pacquiao.
Over the last five years or so, Pacquiao vs Mayweather has been on the mind of every boxing fan. A couple of times, negotiations seemed on but on both occasions nothing really came out.
Pacquiao said he’s willing to do random testing or get the smaller share of the purse just to make it happen. He even dared Mayweather do the fight for free – with all proceeds going to world charity.
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Still, nothing came out.
Pacquiao said he’s open to any negotiation, and is just waiting for a call.
The first and last time Pacquiao and Mayweather spoke on the phone was a couple of years ago, and the American offered Pacquiao a guaranteed purse of $40 million but nothing more.
Pacquiao declined at the time.
“My line is open 24 hours,” said Pacquiao during last night’s post-fight press conference
It should have ended right there.
But as the conference was about to end, the question was raised once more, and it was about Pacquiao’s wilingness or readiness to fight the best opponent there is.
Before Pacquiao could answer, his promoter, Bob Arum, butted in.
“He (Pacquiao) already said it a million times! Our lines are open!” Arum said in a loud voice.
Arum said it’s all up to Mayweather, who fights Marcos Maidana on May 3 here at the MGM.
“If he wants the fight sit down like a normal human being and negotiate a freakin’ deal,” Arum added.
“Yes,” Pacquiao said.