Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Manny Pacquiao For Fight
Henry McKenna 11:23 am, December 13th, 2014
Manny Pacquiao has been that guy that asks his wife endlessly to marry him. Pacquiao's girlfriend is Floyd Mayweather. And it seems that Mayweather has finally sealed the engagement.
Pacquiao has been instigating what would be the richest fight in boxing history. If he and Mayweather step into a ring together, the questions surrounding this boxing matchup will finally be answered.
"We are ready. Let's make it happen. May 2. Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Let's do it," Mayweather told ESPN.
Mayweather had been silent about this matchup. What's changed?
Pacman defeated Chris Algieri in a near-shutout decision in Macau two weeks ago. And if you're wondering whether Pacquiao is ready for the fight, refer to the commercial he made, trolling Mayweather earlier this year.
"I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao. We tried to make the fight happen years ago; we had problems with random blood and urine testing," Mayweather said. "I just want to be on an even playing field. Now he's in a very, very tight situation. He's lost to [Juan Manuel] Marquez [in 2012], he's lost to [Timothy] Bradley [by controversial decision in 2012 but avenged it in April]. Pay-per-view numbers are extremely low. He's desperate. I wanted that fight a long time ago. I'm just waiting on them."
So Mayweather breaks his silence and speaks the TRUTH... but it turns out it's only half the truth, ESPN writer Ben Rafael writes.
Mayweather failed to mention that Pacquiao long ago agreed to be randomly tested. He also failed to mention that while Pacquiao's pay-per-view figures have indeed been soft in recent fights, Mayweather's have also plummeted. Three of the four fights that he has had so far under his six-fight contract with CBS/Showtime failed to reach even 900,000 buys.
The goal for both parties is to have HBO and Showtime joint-produce this grossly lucrative per-per-view fight.
And if you're wondering who might win, Mike Tyson shared his thoughts on this battle, and as it has dragged on so long, his thoughts from a year ago are still relevant.