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Floyd Mayweather says he may fight Manny Pacquiao next

Manny Pacquiao Floyd MayweatherFloyd Mayweather seems more open than ever to fighting Manny Pacquiao.

During his post-fight interview following his unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana Saturday night, Mayweather expressed interest in a fight with Pac-Man.

“If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather told interviewer Jim Gray.

Mayweather cautioned that Pacquiao still has to beat Chris Algieri in November before they can discuss the once heavily-anticipated fight.

“Manny needs to focus on the guy that’s in front of him. Once he gets past that task we’ll see what the future holds.”

Beginning in late 2009, fans and the media were clamoring for a fight between the two boxers. Mawyeather was (and still is) undefeated, while Pac-Man had won 11 in a row and looked like an unstoppable machine. But the two never met — a number of reasons prevented a deal from being made (drug testing, Bob Arum, etc.) — and Manny went on to lose two fights in a row, decreasing fan interest in the bout.

However, Manny has won two in a row since his consecutive losses and once again looks like one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and greatest challenger to Floyd. Pacquiao has been dying for a shot at Floyd because he needs the huge payday now that his drawing power decreased (and tax problems increased). Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, even said they would talk about such a fight.

Ultimately, a fight between Floyd and Manny comes down to whether Floyd will allow it. Floyd only books fights that he knows he can win. He is more protective of his perfect record than anything else in life. Would he put that in jeopardy by facing Manny? Will he choose Amir Khan next? Even though he’s teasing us, I can’t see him ever fighting Pac-Man.

To read the full history on the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations including why the fight has never happened, read this.

Manny Pacquiao sings ‘Frozen’ song in response to Drake (Video)

When Drake hosted the ESPYs in July, one of his better skits was his impression of Manny Pacquiao. During the skit, Drake did an impression of the Filipino boxer singing “Let it Go,” which is the famous song from the movie “Frozen.”

Proving that he’s a good sport and has a wonderful sense of humor, Manny decided to make the sketch come true by actually singing the song. You can see it in the video at the top, while video of Drake’s skit from the ESPYs is below. Look at how much Manny was getting into it!

Manny Pacquiao let it go

Manny Pacquiao likely to fight four more times, retire in 2016

Manny PacquiaoManny Pacquiao seems to have his exit strategy from the sport of boxing well planned.

Pacquiao, who turns 36 in December, will likely fight four more times and retire in 2016 in time to run for senator in the Philippines.

Pac-Man is currently a congressman in his home country and plans to run for higher office in the 2016 elections under the United Nations Alliance.

“There’s a big possibility that I will run for Senate. UNA has asked me to join its slate, and I’m grateful for that,” Pac-Man said in an interview with ABS-CBNNews.

Pacquiao has a November fight scheduled with Chris Algieri, which will mark his second fight of the year. He has fought twice a year since 2009 (except for in 2013 because he needed extra time to recover from his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez). That means we should expect him to fight twice in 2015 and then probably once in 2016 before he retires to focus on running for office.

We knew Pac-Man’s career in boxing was winding down while his career in politics was emerging, so this is no surprise. It might even be a surprise that he continues to fight, but he has looked really good in his last two wins, and that’s not to mention that we all know he can use the money. Pacquiao has a large entourage he pays for, is very generous with giving money to charities and friends and family, and he has had major tax problems.

Pacquiao won his last two fights handily and we expect him to finish his career strongly; he has not slowed down.

Manny Pacquiao laughed at Drake’s impression of him singing

Drake Manny Pacquiao

One of Drake’s more notable bits when he hosted the ESPYs a few weeks ago was the skit he did mocking Manny Pacquiao.

Drake dressed like Pac-Man and did a great impression of Manny singing. The bit was funny overall — Drake’s impression of Pacquiao was spot-on — but does that mean it went over well with Manny and his fans?

In an interview with GMA Network in the Philippines, Pac-Man addressed the Drake skit.

“Tumawa na lang ako (I just laughed),” he said.

Pac-Man then said he understood Drake was just doing it for entertainment purposes.

“Raket lang niya ‘yun (That’s just one of the things he does to earn money).”

This is exactly what makes Pacquiao so beloved. The guy is very good-natured and doesn’t even seem to be bothered when someone is making fun of him.

One of the people who was getting his laughs at Manny’s expense was Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was in the audience. Maybe Floyd should let Manny have a chance to get some revenge in the ring. Yeah, like that will ever happen.

Drake nails Manny Pacquiao singing impression at ESPYs (Video)

One of Drake’s funnier skits at the ESPYs came when he did his impression of Manny Pacquiao singing.

In addition to being a world champion boxer, Pacquiao enjoys to sing. That doesn’t mean he does it very well, but that has never stopped the boxer from belting out a few verses. The man has even released an album.

Well Drake decided to poke some fun of that and did a skit where he dressed, talked and looked like Pacquiao in the “Sometimes When We Touch” music video. Below is the original Pacquiao video for comparison.

Those dudes looked like twins:

Drake Manny Pacquiao

Drake looked very similar to Pacquiao, but this Pacquiao impersonator is still the best of all.

Paulie Malignaggi again critical of Manny Pacquiao over drug testing

Manny PacquiaoPaulie Malignaggi was at it again last week criticizing Manny Pacquiao and insinuating the Filipino champion has been on performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Malignaggi’s accusations about Pac-Man go back to 2009 when he was suspicious of the Filipino fighter’s ability to seemingly gain power as he went up in weight classes. As recently as April, the Brooklyn-born fighter and boxing analyst took some shots at Pacquiao, saying he’s not a very good or intelligent fighter.

On Monday, Malignaggi fired off multiple tweets aimed at Pacquiao over the Filipino ducking drug testing during his career.

I don’t give credit to guys who hide and duck from random drug testing while accomplishing things that seem pretty amazing,” Malignaggi wrote to start his Twitter rant.

Paq should have been the first to volunteer for those random tests when he was destroying people while constantly jumping weight classes,” he continued. “Instead, he ducked and dodged them. So no, until I see a destructive Pacquiao performance for a fight in which he submitted to random drug testing, I will not give that credit.

This sport needs to be take in the right direction and a guy with his popularity should have been the first one to set the example and volunteer for it. Instead he dodged it during a time when he shouldn’t. Which leads anyone to wonder if that was the whole reason for his sky rocketing 2 fame in the first place.”

I’ve expressed many of the same thoughts about Pacquiao’s ascension as Malignaggi did, so it’s hard to say he doesn’t have multiple valid points.

Paulie, who is 33-6 in his career with only 7 knockouts, says he has been clean throughout his entire career and that he can look himself in the mirror knowing that. Can Pacquiao say the same?

Floyd Mayweather rips Manny Pacquiao, says he fought like an ‘amateur’

Floyd-Mayweather-Thunder-BetFloyd Mayweather Jr. typically does not have nice things to say about Manny Pacquiao, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the undefeated champion was less than thrilled with what he saw from Pacquiao in his win over Timothy Bradley Jr. earlier this month. On Monday, Mayweather said the thought both Pacquiao and Bradley fought like “amateurs.”

“I thought that Bradley went out there and fought his heart out, but I think he was pulling a lot of shots like an amateur,” Mayweather said, via ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. “I think he was making a lot of mistakes and he was very fatigued early on. I think that he was making a lot of mistakes, falling off balance and fighting like an amateur. I think both fighters fought like amateurs.

“I thought Pacquiao fought like an amateur also, and I wasn’t pleased with his performance, but he got the victory the best way he knows how, but I wasn’t pleased with his performance and I’m seeing something totally different in Pacquiao.”

Floyd said he typically does not watch Pacquiao’s fights and claimed the Bradley fight was the first time he watched Manny in several years. Pacquiao may have deserved criticism after his decision loss to Bradley and the knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez, but he beat Bradley pretty convincingly in the rematch.

Still, Mayweather was not impressed. At one point, he even flirted with revisiting his old accusations that Pacquiao once used performance-enhancing drugs.

“I don’t see the same pop in Pacquiao’s shots. Once again, I’m not saying this guy is doing anything, but I don’t see the same snap in his shots,” Mayweather said. “He’s getting tired when he wasn’t getting tired before. I’m seeing something totally different whereas me, I’m still sharp, I’m still smart, I’m not getting fatigued. I wasn’t getting fatigued from the beginning, and those are the things that I see. I don’t know if you guys see it, but that’s what I see.”

Mayweather isn’t exactly what you would call a non-biased opinion. He’s always hating on Pacquiao.