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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fighting on May 5th: We Want Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced Wednesday that he will fight on May 5th and he wants to face Manny Pacquiao. Floyd’s adviser told Dan Rafael that Mayweather’s team is “looking to make the biggest fight possible and everyone knows what that fight is, the little fella.”

It’s clear that means they want Manny Pacquiao, who has a November 12th fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. During an interview on 106 & Park Wednesday, Floyd mentioned Manny by name.

“We’re looking for Pacquiao,” Mayweather said. “We want Pacquiao to take the test. We just want to give the fans and the people around the world what they want to see.”

Floyd will be 35 in May while Manny will be 33. Neither fighter has much time left, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that the winner will retire. You can expect each fighter to make at minimum $50 million for the bout. They will likely pull in much more.

Now the next step is making sure Manny beats Juan Manuel Marquez. As long as that happens, the sides should agree to a 50-50 split, and full drug testing with no cutoff date. Then, the long-anticipated fight may finally happen.

Here is a full history of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. negotiations.

Arum: Floyd Mayweather’s Legal Issues Could Prevent Manny Pacquiao Fight

It’s not just Floyd Mayweather Jr. who appears to be avoiding a potential super fight with Manny Pacquiao — promoter Bob Arum isn’t giving many positive signs either. In an interview with Radio Rahim of Max Boxing, Arum expressed reservations about a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.

“It depends largely on something that’s out of everybody’s control — other than the fact that Manny still has to be [Juan Manuel] Marquez. But even if he does, does Mayweather beat the criminal justice system in Nevada? That’s the issue,” the promoter told Rahim.

“Who knows if Mayweather’s going to be around next year to fight? He has real problems. Does he get them solved? I don’t know. Before anybody starts talking about a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, they better ask themselves ‘What is Mayweather’s criminal situation and will he be around in 2012 to fight Pacquiao or anybody else?'”

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Caught Backtracking on Manny Pacquiao Promise

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been roundly criticized for ducking Manny Pacquiao. I frequently defended Mayweather’s stance while directing the blame to Pacquiao for refusing to take random drug tests without a cutoff date. Things have changed because Pacquiao reportedly is now willing to take the tests without a cutoff date.

The timing seems perfect, because in June, Floyd said he “absolutely” wanted to fight Pac-Man after Victor Ortiz. Predictably, Mayweather is backing off that claim. He’s also denying he ever said it. Luckily we have video evidence pointing to the contrary:

If you didn’t already have trouble believing anything Floyd Mayweather Jr. says, this should leave no doubt. The guy straight up lied to the media and then tried to say the media was twisting his words. Floyd, keep your mouth shut next time and don’t make promises if you’re unable to live up to them. We’re sick of it.

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Manny Pacquiao Reportedly Will Take Blood Tests without Cutoff Date

Even though Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been called a chicken for not fighting Manny Pacquiao (and in Michael Irvin’s words, made brothers look bad), the real reason negotiations have always broken down is because Pacquiao would never submit to complete Olympics-style drug testing.

At first, Pacquiao refused to have his blood drawn, citing a fear of needles. Then, his camp said he would submit to a blood test but there had to be a cutoff date prior to the fight (at least 14 days). That’s where most people got the story wrong. Just because Pacquiao was willing to take the blood test doesn’t mean he was open to random testing — his people wanted to have a cutoff date. Apparently that stance has finally changed.

Tucked into Lance Pugmire’s story on Floyd Mayweather Jr., who’s preparing for a September fight with Victor Ortiz, was this important nugget on Pacquiao’s new position.

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Michael Irvin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Making Brothers Look Bad by Ducking Pacquiao

We’ve been talking about a potential dream fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao for two years. In our first mention of the fight, it was Manny Pacquiao who said he had no interest in the bout. That was a long time ago, because things have changed since then.

Floyd said he had nothing to gain from the fight and demanded Manny Pacquaio take extra drug testing. Pacquiao initially refused, later acquiesced, but he’s always wanted a cutoff date for the testing. Because of his demands, it’s appeared as if Mayweather was ducking the fight. It’s so bad that he’s even been called out by Michael Irvin. Check out this interview the Playmaker gave to Elie Seckbach:

“I like both fighters but I’m telling you right now, I wish Mayweather would go ahead and fight the guy. It makes brothers look bad with all of this running. You know we’re not into the running.”

That’s a pretty funny line, but I back Floyd on this. He’s the one who looks bad because he doesn’t have a loudmouth promoter like Bob Arum controlling the press. If Pacquiao would agree to complete drug testing, this would be on. As it is, it looks like the fight will finally go down early next year.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Has Sights Set on Manny Pacquiao After Victor Ortiz Fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz kicked their September 17th Las Vegas fight off with a press conference in New York Tuesday. It was one of Mayweather’s first times truly facing the public and media since his fight with Shane Mosley last year.

Floyd tried to play the good guy role, praising the fight’s promoters, his opponent, and nearly everyone you could think of. He also laid the b.s. on pretty thick, claiming he wanted to have another 10 fights. At the pace he goes, he’d be in competition with Evander Holyfield, but hey, who are we to ruin his dreams?

Floyd obviously can’t face the media without hearing questions about Manny Pacquiao, and he received them on Tuesday. “Do I want the Pacquiao fight? Absolutely. I can’t overlook Victor Ortiz. He’s the world champion,” Mayweather added. “Floyd Mayweather don’t duck or dodge anyone. I want to thank Victor Ortiz for stepping up to the plate, and taking the test.”

Floyd was referring to the extra drug testing he wants all his fights to include to ensure the boxers are not cheating by using performance-enhancing drugs. Ortiz has agreed to the additional testing, something that became a source of the impasse in negotiations between him and Pacquiao.

We recognize fans and media members want to see Floyd fight Pacquiao, and it looks like that will be revisited after September. One thing to keep in mind is that unlike the past three fights for Manny or last few for Floyd, this isn’t a guaranteed win. Victor Ortiz is dangerous and will be a tough opponent.

Bob Arum Says Floyd Mayweather Jr. Turned Down $65 Million, Omits Drug Testing Part

Promoter Bob Arum said in a recent interview that Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned down a $65 million offer to fight Manny Pacquiao. Keep in mind that Arum is Pacquiao’s promoter, that he has a personal issue with Mayweather, and that his job is to pump up his client while generating as much money as possible. In other words, we’re not talking about an objective third-party here (is there even such a thing?), but someone who’s extremely biased.

First off, until we actually see the money produced, it’s hard to know if the supposed offer from a Singapore group is even true or legitimate. Would they really be able to produce the money or were they tossing figures around to get peoples’ attention? That’s hard to know.

Secondly, Arum has been following a simple pattern with Pacquiao recently, pitting him against fellow Top Rank fighters who pose little risk (Clottey, Marquez, Mosley). Arum does this because it protects his prized possession while allowing him to clean up on both sides of the revenue gate (think of a real estate agent who represents both the buyer and the seller). By calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr., Arum spins the situation and makes Floyd look like the bad guy, giving him an excuse to continue booking low-risk high-monetary reward fights for Manny.

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