THE camp of Manny Pacquiao has announced that the Filipino ring icon will only fight unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. at 147 lbs. if ever the much-awaited super bout between the two boxers materialized next year.
“Manny wanted to fight Mayweather at 145 lbs. or at 147 lbs. class and not beyond that weight,” Pacquiao’s business manager Eric Pineda told The Manila Times. “And Manny told us that they should negotiate first before making this fight happen, which he really likes to happen even a long time ago.”
Pineda said that Pacquiao (57-5-2 win-loss-draw record with 38 knockouts) made clear specifications on the weight aspect while Mayweather (47-0 record with 26 knockouts) didn’t give clear parameters about the fight except the May 2 date.
Pineda also revealed that the negotiation on the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is now moving although he refused to elaborate on its progress. “It is now under negotiation in America and both parties are now discussing it but I have no idea [about the details].”
“Just like what happened to Pacquiao-Algieri bout last November, the negotiation started June and then everything was finalized a week after. But let’s see what will happen [to Pacquiao-Mayweather fight talks]. I’m also waiting,” he added.
Pacquiao, who will turn 36 today, beat American Chris Algieri (20-1 record with eight knockouts) on November 23 in Macau with six knockdowns en route to unanimous decision win. Both fighters achieved the 144 lbs. catch weight.
Mayweather defeated Marcos Maidana via unanimous decision in their rematch on September and they both weighed in at 146 lbs. He fought Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez at a catch weight of 151 lbs. junior middleweight on September 2013 and won via unanimous decision.
Although in 2010 Pacquiao fought at 154 lbs. against Mexican Antonio Margarito and won via unanimous decision, trainer Freddie Roach moved Pacquiao back to welterweight class since it wasn’t his optimal fighting weight.