With Floyd Mayweather Jr. tossing around the word “retirement,” the desire for a matchup against Manny Pacquiao within the boxing world has intensified tenfold.
The possibility of the superfight actually happening has even become plausible, following post-fight comments Mayweather made after cruising to a unanimous decision victory against Marcos Maidana.
On Thursday, Pacquiao responded to Mayweather’s remarks, practically daring the undefeated world champion to take the fight instead of talking about it.
"He's all talk. Until now he has not yet agreed to fight me. Instead of blabbing, he should face me atop the ring," Pacquiao told AFP in an interview. "I'm tired of his alibis. If he really wants to fight me, he knows how to reach me. We can fight anytime, anywhere.”
Although Mayweather did easily dispel of Maidana on the three judges’ scorecards, Pacquiao had a different perspective on the pay-per-view main event.
“To me, Maidana won that fight,” Pacquiao said. “Mayweather's face and lips were swelling compared to Maidana's unblemished face."
With Mayweather rumored to fight Amir Khan first, Pacquiao needs to do his part by continuing to win the fights promoter Bob Arum places in front of him. First up, Pacquiao defends his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against another undefeated American, Chris Algieri, in Macau in November.
"I'm not taking Algieri lightly,” Pacquiao said. “He's taller than me and moves around the ring with savvy. That's why I started my training early."
With Mayweather talking about major internal changes coming to his management team before May, it will be interesting to see if both sides can come together.
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