MANNY PACQUIAO’S camp said yesterday that the eight-division world champion is ready to fight unbeaten World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. at any given time and place.
Pacquiao’s long time business manager Eric Pineda reacted to Mayweather’s post fight comments on Sunday after beating Marcos Maidana of Argentina in their rematch via unanimous decision in Las Vegas, US.
“Manny is ready to fight Mayweather at any given time and place. We’re just waiting for him for so long and our line is open 24/7,” Pineda, also the team manager of Pacquiao’s KIA team in the Philippine Basketball Association, told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
“We don’t know if he’s sincere with what he [Mayweather] said but Manny is ready to fight him because that’s what the people really wanted ever since.”
Mayweather Jr. told reporter Jim Gray of Showtime that he’s open to fight Pacquiao in May next year.
“Let’s make it happen [Pacquiao fight]. Pacquiao needs to focus on the guy [Chris Algieri] in front of him. Once he gets past that test, let’s see what the future holds,” Mayweather Jr. (47-0 win-loss card with 26 knockouts) told Showtime’s Gray during post fight interview.
The Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. super mega bout started circulating since 2010, but it never happened because of promotional conflict, blood testing and split purse issues.
Chief Executive Officer of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe said he is hoping that they could come up with a deal to put the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega bout into a reality.
Mayweather also wanted that his fight against Pacquiao be handled by Showtime and promoted by Mayweather promotion.
“I think it is close to happening next year. I believe the two promotions [Top Rank and Mayweather promotion] will work with one another to make this fight happens,” said Pineda.