Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

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Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP PHOTOS

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP PHOTOS

LAS VEGAS: Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), a day after the Asian star’s promoter said a deal was near.

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Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said in part “While they continue to lie about making the fight… I’m just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. #FightNotMadeYet #Jamaica.”

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would be completed in the next couple of days, with only a few final details to be settled between rival telecasters HBO and Showtime, the rights holders for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively.

Mayweather, who turns 38 on February 24, left England’s Amir Khan hanging for months until announcing on his birthday last year that he would fight Argentina’s Marcos Maidana instead.

Mayweather wound up beating the South American twice in 2014, but has yet to test himself against Pacquiao or Khan.

Filipino southpaw Pacquiao is 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts while Mayweather is 47-0 with 26 knockouts. Fans have sought a showdown between the two for five years, thus far in vain.

Filipino southpaw Pacquiao, 57-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts, has won three fights in a row since being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in his fourth bout against the Mexican. “Pac-Man”, who is 36, won a unanimous decision over Chris Aligieri in Macao last November in his most recent fight.

Mayweather, 47-0 with 26 knockouts, turns 38 next month and has two more fights in the rich Showtime deal that has made him the highest-paid athlete in the world. Should he win them both, Mayweather would match the iconic 49-0 record of 1950s legend Rocky Marciano, who retired as an undefeated heavyweight champion.

Mayweather is coming off a unanimous decision over Argentine fighter Marcos Maidana last September in a rematch of a bout last May that Mayweathwer won by majority decision.

AFP

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