Earlier this week, Manny Pacquiao made headlines when he seemingly called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. This wasnâ€™t the first time one of them publicly called out the other, obviously, but there was something really genuine about Pacquiaoâ€™s words on this go-round. The way he poked at Mayweather, the requests he made â€“ they just seemed very legitimate.
With that in mindâ€¦
According to multiple reports, Pacquiao is close to finalizing a deal that would grant him a rematch againstTimothy Bradley. You will recall, the Filipino star fell to Bradley in 2012 â€“ a controversial defeat that most people blamed on faulty judging.
A few days ago, in an interview with Aquiles Zonio of inquirer.net, Pacquiao said that if Mayweather were a â€śreal man,â€ť he would agree to fight him. Moreover, he suggested that Mayweather should do it â€śnot the sake of money,â€ť but rather to â€śmake the boxing fans happy.â€ť
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During the same session with Zonio, Pacquiao said that he was challenging Mayweather to â€śinclude in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds from the fightâ€”guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsementsâ€”to charities around the world.â€ť
Thatâ€™s great. Really great. Or at least it would have been, had Pacquiao not seemingly greenlit Bradley as his next opponent.
Look, everyone knew that Bradley-Pacquiao II was going to happen. Outside of Mayweather-Pacquiao and Marquez-Pacquiao-V, this is the most commercially viable bout available. And since neither Mayweather nor Marquez seem interested in a match, this made the most sense. But the fact that he has apparently agreed to fight Bradley also sort of makes Pacquiaoâ€™s earlier comments to Mayweather seem disingenuous. Itâ€™s sort of like baseball players who pretend they want to fight when theyâ€™re actually being held back.
Pacquiao told Mayweather â€śletâ€™s fight and donate the proceeds to charity,â€ť all the while agreeing to take on Bradley at the same time.
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If nothing else, this is just another example of the PR gamesmanship that constantly goes on between Pacquiao and Mayweather. Nothing is real. Itâ€™s all just a publicity play.