Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP FILE PHOTOS

    Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. AFP FILE PHOTOS

    MANNY Pacquiao’s long-time business manager Eric Pineda said that he doubts promoter Prince Amir Shafipour of United Arab Emirates could convince Floyd Mayweather Jr. to finally fight Pacman.

    Shafipour announced recently that he has the formula to make the most awaited fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather happen in Dubai.

    “I will honestly and truthfully tell you that if anyone can convince them to fight, and to fight in Dubai, I can. I have a lot of worldwide connections, with managers, promoters, fighters, people in the business, who speak the same language that Mayweather and Pacquiao are speaking,” Prince Shafipour said in an interview by Gulf News.

    Shafipour, a combat sports enthusiast and promoter is responsible for organizing various boxing and mixed martial arts tournaments in the Middle East including the Golden Cage events and Global Fighting Championships Series.

    But Pineda, who will serve as manager of the KIA team in the 40th season of the Philippine Basketball Association that Pacquiao would coach, believes that nobody can convince Mayweather if the unbeaten American has already made up his mind not to fight the Filipino ring icon.

    “The question is will he [Floyd] fight Manny?” Pineda told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday.

    “There are many fight promoters in the world like in China and Singapore who are bidding to make that dream bout happen in their respective countries, but do you think Floyd will agree to a fight [against Pacquiao]?”

    Pineda said that he is familiar with Shafipour and Top Rank boss Bob Arum knows the prince, “Yeah a little bit but I’m pretty sure Top Rank Promoter chief Bob Arum knows him very well. Arum is the one negotiating our fights in US or somewhere else abroad.”

    “It’s really up to Mayweather if he’s going to fight Manny. Manny is just waiting 24/7,” added Pineda.

    No formal negotiation has materialized between the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather since 2010.

    Meanwhile, Mayweather was named the highest-paid athlete in sports on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) by Forbes magazine, bumping off 2013 winner Tiger Woods by amassing $105 million in net revenue.

    Mayweather also topped the list with $85 million in 2012, ending 14-time major golf champion Woods’ run atop the 100-athlete list from 2001-2011.

    This time, Mayweather joined Woods as the only ones to top $100 million on the Forbes list, thanks to victories over Canelo Alvarez last September and Marcos Maidana last month, and did it with only 72 minutes of work and with no endorsement income.

    “I’m humbled and extremely fortunate to be recognized by Forbes as the highest-paid athlete once again,” Mayweather said. “I’m doing something no other athlete is doing, promoting myself and seeing my hard work pay off in the form of record-breaking numbers.”


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