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Freddie Roach says he would have Manny Pacquiao fight right-handed if it got Floyd Mayweather into the ring

Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao and Manny Pacquiao insists he wants to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr., but we all know there is much more to the situation than meets the eye. Floyd recently reiterated the fact that the fight will probably never happen because Pacquiao won’t take a drug test. After he defeated Miguel Cotto over the weekend, Mayweather again told reporters that Pacquiao is ducking him, not the other way around. Pacquiao’s camp, however, is saying they will do anything it takes to make the fight happen.

“Would Manny beat Floyd? You bet,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said Tuesday according to The Ring. “The way to beat Floyd is to outwork him every minute of every round. Manny is the only fighter capable of executing that game plan.

“Activity kills Mayweather. You need to stay busy against him and not let him dictate the pace by slowing down the fight. Southpaws are his other weakness. Manny is just a bad combination for Floyd to fight. If it would bring Floyd into the ring, I’d agree to have Manny fight him right-handed.”

Pacquiao said that he watched the Mayweather-Cotto fight but is focusing on his June 9 fight against Tim Bradley. While there has been some recent speculation that Pacquiao’s newfound relationship with God may influence him to retire, he insists he has no plans to do so. Even still, it’s unlikely the fight will ever happen.

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Floyd Mayweather on Manny Pacquiao: Ray Charles could see he took steroids

Many have labeled it the fight that will never happen, and the more time that passes the more likely those people are to be correct. For a number of reasons which we have heard over a period of what feels like a lifetime, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will probably never square off in the boxing ring. One second it’s for financial reasons and the next it has to do with drug testing. It’s getting to the point where it hardly matters, because clearly talking about it isn’t going to get anything done.

However, for those of you who believe it is Mayweather ducking Pacquiao and not the other way around, Floyd had a message for you during an interview with Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press on Tuesday. In fact, he had several messages.

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Mike Tyson: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be in jail for not fighting each other

Everyone wants to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao square off in the ring, but with each passing day it becomes less likely that it will ever happen. A variety of excuses like a lack of pay-per-view money or an unwillingness to split the fight money 50-50 have been used by both fighters. For boxing fans, the back-and-forth is one of the most frustrating dynamics in the history of the sport. Mike Tyson even believes it has been so annoying that they should be thrown in jail for it.

“Listen if I was President I would throw (Pacquiao and Mayweather) in jail if they didn’t fight,” Tyson said during an interview with WXYT in Detroit. “I’d have them arrested. You can’t do that but that’s what I would try to do. I’d be like ‘these guys need to get locked up and find a new profession until they get their heads clear.’”

For once, I actually almost agree with Mike — aside from the jail part of course. The reasons these two have come up with to not fight one another are embarrassing. The entire boxing world wants it to happen, yet Pacquiao and Mayweather continue to annoy all of us by talking trash and avoiding the issue.

On a completely separate note, Tyson was also asked if plans were being discussed to make a Hangover 3 movie: “I was told there was one and I would like to participate in it but we will see what happens guys.” From the things I have heard about the second one, they should just leave the legend alone.

Manny Pacquiao offended by lack of pay-per-view money in Floyd Mayweather’s offer

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. each have fights scheduled in the upcoming months, but they won’t be facing each other. Floyd aggressively pursued a fight with Pac Man for May 5th but the Filipino wouldn’t agree to one. Mayweather says Pacquiao is ducking him. Now we’re hearing from Manny that Floyd’s financial offer was inadequate.

“He offered me $40 million, and no pay-per-view [money],” Pacquiao said, breaking into a laugh, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole. “No pay-per-view. Can you believe that? Would you do that? Come on. What would he say if I offered him $50 million – not $40 million, $50 million – and said ‘No pay-per-view. Take this money and be happy, but no pay-per-view.’ He wouldn’t do it, either.

“I told him, ‘OK, 50-50 [with the money] and I’ll agree to everything else,’ ” Pacquiao said. “I told him I would agree to all of the other things he was demanding. Everything. Even the blood testing he wanted, I would do it. But it had to be 50-50.”

Pacquiao says he wanted Floyd to be guaranteed $50 million with the rest of the revenue split — 55% to the winner and 45% to the loser. That seems like a fair deal.

Pacquiao has said that money is not an important factor to him when it comes to a fight with Floyd, but that doesn’t mean he should be treated unfairly. If Floyd insists he should be paid more guaranteed money and receive a greater cut of pay-per-view revenue than Manny, I can understand it, and I would expect Pacquiao to accept those terms. But to cut Manny completely out of the pay-per-view revenue is unfair.

Go here to read the entire history of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. negotiations

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fighting Miguel Cotto Because Manny Pacquiao is Ducking Him

Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to talk trash to Manny Pacquiao, even though the two won’t be fighting in the near future. Mayweather announced Wednesday he will face Miguel Cotto on May 5th instead of Manny Pacquiao as many were hoping. Money couldn’t resist taking a jab at Pac Man, writing on Twitter:

Even though it was Floyd who was thought to be doing all the ducking in the past, he’s now turning the tables. Just because he’s been pushing to face Pac Man recently doesn’t make him a tough guy, but I like him calling out Pacquiao. If Manny is going to let promoter Bob Arum block the megafight everyone wants to see, then he deserves the criticism.

Step up Manny and make this happen.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Calls Manny Pacquiao, Won’t Allow 50-50 Purse Split

The negotiations between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao about a potential fight are just becoming comical now. Floyd began baiting Manny over Twitter last week and he’s so desperate for the fight to take place before he goes to jail, he even called the Filipino bruiser this week.

“I called him and asked him about us fighting May 5 and giving the World what they want to see,” Floyd said in an email to ESPN. “I also let him know we both can make a lot of money. He ask about a 50/50 split and I told him no that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me then you have made in your career. I also let him know I’m in control on my side but he needs to get on the same page with his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”

The message continued: “I told him to tell his promoter that he only wants to fight Mayweather and that this fight will be the biggest fight in history. His manger came to my boxing gym a few months ago and we spoke about getting the defamation of character lawsuit dropped against me and about both fighters taking the random blood and urine test. I spoke to his manager again last night about the same thing. The call last night lasted 15 or 20 minutes. I mainly spoke to his manager he got on and off the phone real quick.”

It’s no surprise that Floyd won’t allow a 50-50 split. He was the champion and bigger draw before Manny’s popularity exploded, and he is undefeated. He’s also cocky and arrogant whereas Manny is more of a generous humanitarian.

This shouldn’t be an issue because Manny reportedly said in December that he was willing to take less than Floyd. The next matter is for Manny to take control of his future and tell Bob Arum what to do, just like Floyd said. But let’s not forget: seeing this fight happen is still a dream. There are many more obstacles than there should be.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: May 5th is Manny Pacquiao Ass Whooping Day

Floyd Mayweather Jr. knows that his fight with Manny Pacquiao won’t happen before he goes to jail, so he’s talking as much crap as possible to make himself look like a badass. Witness the tweet Mayweather sent Tuesday saying May 5th is Manny Pacquiao ass whooping day:

With strong statements like that, is there any wonder why his fans love him? Just one question for you, Floyd: If you felt this confident all along, then why were you ducking Pac Man for so long?

Mayweather also tweeted Tuesday “I’m ready to fight Pacquiao 5/5/12 Bob Arum know the date can’t change I have my guarantee call Schaefer & Al and stop lying to the public.”

It’s nice and all, but we all know that won’t change anything. Bob Arum is coming up with every excuse possible to keep this fight from happening before Floyd goes to jail.