Manny Pacquiao

Even Manny Pacquiao Knows Ortiz is a Tune-Up for Floyd Mayweather

| by Alex Groberman

Of course Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. The ridiculous rumors about Mayweather “ducking” his Filipino counterpart in an effort to preserve his undefeated record have always been ludicrous, and by virtue of his recent statements, Pacquiao is admitting this much.

Speaking to ABS-CBN News’ Ginger Conejero, Pacquiao had this to say regarding why he feels Mayweather chose Victor Ortiz as his next opponent.

"Siguro (lalaban sa akin), dahil ang kakalabanin niya southpaw rin. [Maybe he's preparing for me because he chose to fight a southpaw],"

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, echoed these sentiments.

"Of course, that's the first thing I thought," Roach previously said.

Mayweather has always been a far more talented boxer and skilled tactician than Pacquiao, but the idea that he could simply step back into the ring versus Pacquiao after a delayed absence is crazy. The September 17th bout versus Ortiz will serve as an excellent warm-up for Floyd, and allow him to return to his in-ring comfort zone against a capable boxer who has gone undefeated in his last six matches. That, coupled with 10-year age gap that works in Ortiz’s favor should be just what the doctor ordered in terms of getting Mayweather back into game shape.

On the other side of things, it’s funny to hear both Pacquiao and Roach admit that Mayweather is in fact keeping them in mind while choosing his upcoming bouts. After all, this is the same dynamic duo who along with Bob Arum have made it their mission in life to spread the propaganda about Floyd ducking them. The same group, mind you, that has switched their story regarding why the initially refused, then agreed to, then refused to, then agreed to Mayweather’s drug testing demands, all the while blaming the other camp for a superfight never happening.

It’s good that Pacquiao is finally admitting that Mayweather does want to fight him, though, and that Floyd is using Ortiz as a warm-up for the real big dance. Maybe if the Filipino pop star acknowledges this fact a few more times in the media, his delusional cult followers will take notice and stop slandering Mayweather’s name with untrue, false allegations.

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