Looks like we’re all one step closer to actually witnessing a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao boxing match. Last night (Dec. 12), the charismatic, undefeated champion broke his silence to dispel rumors that he has been avoiding a fight with the Filipino fighter. In an interview with Showtime, Mayweather declared that he indeed wants to fight Pacquiao, and of course took a few jabs at him in the process.
“Absolutely. I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao. 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,” he said. “Now, 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, so he’s desperate. I been wanted that fight a long time ago. I’m just waiting on them.”
While reports have pointed to Mayweather’s rematch clause as a condition under which the fight will take place, the boxer made no mention of that during Friday night’s interview. He instead blamed promoter Bob Arum for the hold up. Mayweather also proposed a date for the bout against Pacquiao, which would be his next scheduled fight.
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“The fans and the people have been fooled because they have just been listening to people on one side,” he said. “Now it’s time for us to talk. We want the fight. We’re ready. Let’s make it happen May 2. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it.”
As far as what’s motivating Mayweather this time around (besides the fact that everyone thinks he’s scared), the boxer declared that his legacy, the fans and money all play a part. Remarking that the fight would be one for “the people,” he challenged Pacquiao and Arum to make the fight happen.
“A little bit of everything, because 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. Let’s make this fight happen. Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years. We’re tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics.”
Watch Floyd Mayweather offer a date to fight Manny Pacquiao in the video above.