Floyd Mayweather on Fighting Manny Pacquiao: ‘If He Wants Me, Step Up to the Plate and Say It’

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By: Vibe / November 17, 2009

Now that Manny Pacquiao has demolished everyone in his path over the past few years — including his most recent victory over Miguel Cotto — everyone is wondering who’s next.

While the answer fans are waiting to hear is Floyd Mayweather, both have yet to confirm or deny whether a meeting is in their immediate future. Well, Mayweather says if Pac-Man wants it, all he’s got to so is say so.

“Manny Pacquiao is the fighter and every time someone asks him if he wants to fight me, he says it is up to his promoter, he’s going to take a vacation, whatever the answer is. I have yet to hear him actually say, ‘yes I want to fight Mayweather,’ the undefeated Mayweather said recently.

“We are the fighters and if one fighter is talking about fighting another fighter, then they should just come out and say it. Manny Pacquiao doesn’t say anything directly about fighting me, because he might just know it’s not a fight he can win,” he continued.

As he continued his explanation over a possible showdown with Pacquiao, Mayweather says that the pride of the Philippines is contradicting himself. If fighting is a strictly business for Mayweather, where he takes the safest route to make the most money, he asks: why has Manny Pacquiao never stepped up and said he wants to fight him?

And, if it does happen, he won’t win, Mayweather added.

“He said during an interview he did leading up to his fight that he didn’t think I wanted to fight him and that boxing for me was just a business and I wasn’t interested in a good fight,” said Mayweather. “But again, he never said during that interview that he would fight me. Why is he talking about what I won’t do instead of what he wants to do? Plain and simple, it’s because he knows he can’t beat me under any circumstances.”

Mayweather says that Manny’s camp has built an image of a fighter who has the best chance of beating him. He doesn’t feel Pac-Man is that fighter. According to Money May, boxing fans want a fighter to give him the most trouble, and there’s a long line that want to try.

“The world is much more intrigued by the thought of someone fighting me who can beat me. That is what everyone wants to see and the boxing world is trying to find that guy,” explained Mayweather. “Manny Pacquaio’s people have done a good job of creating an image of him to be this unbelievable fighter and now the so-called guy to beat me. But like all the rest, he’s not the one.

“There is boxing and then there is me. The rest are just falling in line behind me or are trying to get in line to fight me. And that includes Manny Pacquiao too,” he continued.

In conclusion, the undefeated welterweight — whose record stands at 40 and 0 — said if Manny wants to fight him, step up and be “his own man”. If he can do that, Mayweather says it’s on.

“Tell Manny Pacquiao to be his own man and stop letting everyone, including his loudmouth trainer, talk for him,” he said. “I am my own boss, speak for myself and tell it like it is. If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight me, all he has to do is step up to the plate and say it himself.”

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