Manny Pacquiao says he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. If that is true, then he theoretically should be willing to meet his arch rival’s terms. Prior to this past week, Mayweather Jr.’s terms were a bit unclear. First he wanted a specific type of extremely rigorous performance-enhancing drug testing. Then he wanted the vast majority of the fight purse. Then he wanted all of the pay-per-view money that would come from a bout versus Pacquiao. And each time, he never quite made it clear what he was willing to budge on, and what was set in stone.
Thankfully, Roger Mayweather has cleared things up. Mayweather Jr.’s uncle spoke with Hustle Boss recently and laid things out in very understandable, very specific terms: Pacquiao needs to prove that he deserves a shot at the pound-for-pound king.
The Mayweather clan seems to acknowledge that Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios in dominant fashion last week. However, they don’t think Rios was a worthy foe. They think Pacquiao needs a step up in competition before he qualifies to take on the king of the hill.
“He can fight Bradley; that’s a good fight for him,” Roger Mayweather said. “Timothy Bradley is a good fight for him. I think he’s going to give Pacquiao problems anyways. The thing of it is, hey, it’s going to be a good fight. One way or the other it’s still a good fight.
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“And people are going to point to that as a thing to fight Floyd,” he continued. “That’s the kind of bout that would bring Pacquiao back. Because Timothy Bradley’s got a good name.”
So fight and beat Bradley – that’s what would earn Pacquiao a shot at Mayweather Jr.? Not exactly.
“Obviously he’d have to stop the guy in order for [people] to say ‘you got a chance with Floyd,’” Roger Mayweather added.
So in order to earn a shot at Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao would have to do something he hasn’t done since 2009, and aside from one sucker punch against Victor Ortiz, Mayweather Jr. hasn’t done since 2007.
Well, that makes sense.