If Manny Pacquiao truly wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., he would be fighting him in a few months. That’s not to say Mayweather isn’t difficult or stubborn, it’s just the reality of the situation. If Pacquiao was as adamant about taking on Mayweather as he has led everyone to believe over the past few weeks, what with the purse donation offer and the PED testing concessions, he could launch a full-on media assault on his rival and pledge to not fight again until Mayweather grants him a shot.
He isn’t doing that.
What Pacquiao is doing is what he and Mayweather have done for the better part of five years now. He’s saying he wants Mayweather, but meanwhile he is working on a new fight. According to multiple reports, he will be taking on Timothy Bradley next. The bout could be finalized and announced as early as today.
During a recent interview with Ring TV, Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor, tried to assure the masses that his guy was serious about wanting to take on Mayweather.
"The fact that Floyd made the comment a few weeks ago that we're like an old dog chasing a bone and we need the money and that's why we want to fight him, that's totally not true," he said.
"The fight would mean history, and Manny wants the fight with Floyd, and if that's what the fans want, then that's No. 1. No. 2, I don't believe that its ever been done before where the entire purse has been given away to charity in a fight of this magnitude. Manny is dead serious about that, and he's willing to do it."
That’s great. So then why is Pacquiao already ensuring that the Mayweather fight won’t happen by agreeing to fight Bradley again? If he is so serious about a super fight versus Mayweather, and if he so badly wants to give the starving children his purse from the match, shouldn’t he work a little harder to make it a reality?
Earlier this week, Manny Pacquiao made headlines when he seemingly called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. This wasn’t the first time one of them publicly called out the other, obviously, but there was something really genuine about Pacquiao’s words on this go-round. The way he poked at Mayweather, the requests he made – they just seemed very legitimate.
With that in mind…
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 – 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 “real man,” he would agree to fight him. Moreover, he suggested that Mayweather should do it “not the sake of money,” but rather to “make the boxing fans happy.”
During the same session with Zonio, Pacquiao said that he was challenging Mayweather to “include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds from the fight—guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements—to charities around the world.”
That’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 Pacquiao’s earlier comments to Mayweather seem disingenuous. It’s sort of like baseball players who pretend they want to fight when they’re actually being held back.
Pacquiao told Mayweather “let’s fight and donate the proceeds to charity,” all the while agreeing to take on Bradley at the same time.
If nothing else, this is just another example of the PR gamesmanship that constantly goes on between Pacquiao and Mayweather. Nothing is real. It’s all just a publicity play.
Manny Pacquiao has been politely hinting that he wants a shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr. for weeks now. After spending the better part of fours years acting like he would be fine with never fighting the undefeated champ, Pacquiao now wants to erase all doubt: this is a bout he wants. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be one that Mayweather currently wants. Every single time he’s pressed on a potential showdown against his rival, Mayweather simply says that Pacquiao no longer deserves the match.
So now Pacquiao is trying a different approach
While speaking to Aquiles Zonio of inquirer.net, Pacquiao didn’t hold any punches; he went directly after Mayweather’s manhood.
“Floyd, if you’re a real man, fight me," he reportedly said. "Let’s do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”
That’s a pretty huge departure from the quiet, respectful Pacquiao folks usually see in the media. If anything, it just reaffirms how desperate he is for a shot at Mayweather now. Although, it’s worth noting, he says he’s not desperate because of the money.
“I’m not desperate to fight him just for the sake of money or material things,” he said. “I’m not the one seeking this fight; rather it’s the boxing fans all over the world.”
This would be much more believable if Pacquiao wasn’t currently commanding the lowest paydays of his career, and struggling to find quality opponents that will help him generate the sort of PPV buys he used to get.
But then he added this bit…
“Above all, I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight. We will donate all the proceeds from the fight—guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements—to charities around the world.”
Now that’s a challenge. Will Mayweather respond? We’ll find out soon enough.
There are two opposing views regarding how Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. feel about fighting each other. One side believes that, despite all the talk we have heard for the better part of five years, neither guy really wants this bout to come together. The other side believes the opposite: Pacquiao and Mayweather want this thing to happen, they’re just not in any sort of hurry.
It’s hard to argue with folks who fall into that first group. Ever since Mayweather returned from his extended sabbatical back in 2009, fans have heard endless speculation about a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. But despite all the talk, nothing has ever come to fruitarian. First performance-enhancing drug (PED) testing was a problem. Then money was a problem. Then this. Then that. There was always an excuse. When two athletes want something to happen, particularly two with the sort of sway that Mayweather and Pacquiao have, they make it happen.
Then again, the fact that fans are still calling for this bout despite five years of false promises sort of explains why there is no rush. Would less people buy Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2014 than would have bought it in 2010? Heck, would less people buy it in 2016? This match will always be a PPV best-seller, regardless of when it gets made.
Mayweather and Pacquiao currently find themselves in an interesting position. Mayweather is two fights into a lengthy arrangement with Showtime. He is reportedly considering fighting Amir Khan next, but it is universally agreed that Mayweather-Khan would do Mayweather-Robert Guerrero numbers – which both Showtime and Mayweather weren’t thrilled with. And beyond Khan, there is really nobody with any mainstream appeal for Mayweather to fight.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is considering a bout against Timothy Bradley. Okay. That’s a sellable rematch. But then what? Juan Manuel Marquez doesn’t want a fifth fight. Ruslan Provodnikov is an option, but not a great one.
Mayweather-Pacquiao still makes a lot of sense.
This week, Mayweather explained his latest reason for not agreeing to fight Pacquiao.
"All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now,” Mayweather told reporters. “So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden wants to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'"
While that’s a great shot at Pacquiao’s purported tax problems, it’s not a reason for not fighting him. “I don’t want to help him make money” isn’t a legitimate reason for Mayweather to deprive himself of a massive payday.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao hasn’t happened yet because it hasn’t had to. Clearly it’s still on the table, though. And with the lack of quality opponents out there for both men, it could very easily happen in 2014.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t want there to be any doubt: he is ready to fight Manny Pacquiao. For years, the main question that has dogged him as he has won one fight after another is whether he truly wanted a bout against his Filipino arch rival. For all the big talk about how he did, his actions didn’t really reflect that stance.
Make no mistake about it, Mayweather always had a good reason for not fighting Pacquiao. First Pacquiao didn’t want to submit to stringent performance-enhancing drug tests. Then he did, but only when Mayweather had moved on. Then Pacquiao wanted an ‘unfair’ amount of money. When he finally relented, Mayweather offered him less.
Again, there is no debating that Mayweather had justifiable reasons to turn down Pacquiao. The real question has always been how much he truly wanted the fight in the first place. Because if he had really wanted it, no matter what Pacquiao did, he could have made it happen.
Speaking to reporters recently, Mayweather made it clear that he wanted to and still wants to fight Pacquiao. He just refuses to do it on anyone’s terms but his own.
"I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before," he told the press. "We didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen.”
He continued: "All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez ... he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen,' when he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?'"
So now the problem, apparently, is that Mayweather doesn’t like Pacquiao’s reason for seeking out a fight.
Here is where we currently stand: neither Mayweather nor Pacquiao has a match scheduled for 2014. The former has hinted that Amir Khan will be his next opponent. The latter insinuated that he is leaning towards a rematch with Timothy Bradley. But to date, nothing has been confirmed. At the same time, these two have really ramped up the trash talk over the past month. Make of that what you will.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. should have already set up their next fights by now. At the end of 2013, after both men successfully finished off the year with dominant victories against clearly overmatched opponents, their 2014 schedules looked more or less set in stone. Mayweather would take on Amir Khan, and Pacquiao would participate in a rematch with Timothy Bradley.
So why hasn’t either bout been officially scheduled yet?
Mayweather, 36, is three fights into his massive Showtime deal and is in desperate need of high-profile opponents. After his match-up against Robert Guerrero did unimpressive (by his standards) numbers, Mayweather gave the people what they wanted and fought Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Seeking to replicate the success of that fight, he let it be known (through various sources) that he was contemplating taking on Amir Khan – a reasonably well-known boxer with some name recognition in the United States.
That was in November. More than a month later, we’re still waiting on an announcement.
Pacquiao, 34, is coming off a great showing versus Brandon Rios. That’s the good news. The bad news is: nobody cared. Nobody bothered tuning in to see him beat down a guy they had never heard of in Macao. He too needs a commercially viable foe. Bradley, who beat Pacquiao in 2012, was said to be the likeliest option. However, a month later, here we are – still no official fight announcement in sight.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao and Mayweather have been jabbering at one another non-stop over the past few weeks. First the former said he wanted to fight Mayweather. Then the latter took a pointless shot at him on Twitter. Then Pacquiao insinuated that Mayweather was a coward and ducking him. And so on and so forth.
Are Pacquiao and Mayweather working on something behind the scenes? It’s impossible to say. But one thing is certain: the fact that neither guy has set a 2014 fight yet is really, really strange.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have already agreed to a September 2014 fight, according to a new report.
For the past five years, the biggest story in boxing has been the idea of Pacquiao and Mayweather, two of the sport’s most recognizable stars, squaring off. When the idea of this dream match was first announced, both guys were clearly at the top of the pound-for-pound charts. As the weeks turned into months and months turned into years, that changed. While Mayweather maintained his status as the pound-for-pound king, Pacquiao suffered back-to-back defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Despite the fact that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao would no longer be a meeting between boxing’s two best fighters, fans have still been clamoring for it. And with both men currently coming off dominant victories, it would make sense for a super fight happen to happen at some point in 2014.
According to 78 Sports, Mayweather-Pacquiao has already been unofficially agreed upon, and apparently it will go down in September of this year. Here are the details:
Now, this comes with the usual disclaimer: Don’t believe anything until you see Mayweather and Pacquiao sign on the bottom line of a fight contract.
While it would make perfect sense for Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight in 2014, the fact that this rumor is for September, as opposed to April or May, is worrisome. Why would these guys set up their second fight of the year before announcing the first? Amir Khan’s people are still confident that they have an early 2014 bout set against Mayweather; if Mayweather is fighting a non-Latino fighter in the first half of this year, why wouldn’t it be Pacquiao?
After everything fight fans have been through to date, skepticism comes with the territory. If this report is true and the fight is set up – great. But take all the rumors with a grain of salt until the fight is actually set up.
Since 2004, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have fought four times. Two of those bouts ended with Pacquiao squeaking out decision victories. One ended with a dominant Marquez knockout. And one, the first one, concluded in a controversial draw that would have been a Pacquiao victory if not for a judging error.
Understandably, particularly given how their fourth fight ended, fans have been salivating at the prospect of a fifth showdown between Pacquiao and Marquez for a while now. It was clear why the two needed a break from each other after last December; Pacquiao fought Brandon Rios a month ago, and Marquez took on Timothy Bradley in October. However, now that they’ve gotten that out of their systems, it’s time for a rematch.
Marquez has expressed zero interest in a fifth fight against Pacquiao. And in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz indicated that he didn’t expect that to change any time soon.
“Marquez will never fight us again,” he said. “Why would he? He has bragging rights and all the money he wants.”
Well, that depends on your perspective. Does Marquez have some bragging rights? Sure. Pacquiao never beat him via knockout – the way in which he won the fourth fight speaks for itself. That said, does it wipe out two victories for Pacquiao? No. Does it make everyone forget that the draw was only a draw because of an admitted judge’s error? No. And when it comes to money – Marquez can’t earn anything even remotely close to what he’d earn against Pacquiao unless he, you know, fights Pacquiao.
Koncz may be right about Marquez never fighting Pacquiao again, but the logic being used to justify that decision is awfully weak.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. insist that they don’t really want to fight each other. The latter says he has moved on from the idea of taking on someone whose last three bouts include two losses. The former has expressed mild interest in a potential super fight, but nothing crazy.
As such, fans have been led to believe that a dream match four years in the making is unlikely to happen.
But if that’s the case, then why do keep guys keep bringing each other up?
Last week, Pacquiao made headlines when he suggested that he would be open to sitting down with Mayweather and discussing a bout. To be fair, sitting down with someone isn’t the same thing as agreeing to fight them – but it’s a start.
Then, this week, Mayweather offered his own little version of an olive branch. Well, not so much an olive branch as a direct slap. But that’s just his way of reaching out.
Here is what Mayweather posted on his Twitter account yesterday:
Mayweather needs an opponent for early 2014. Pacquiao needs an opponent for early 2014. They can’t stop bringing each other up in the media. You do the math.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have a history that speaks for itself. While the potential greatness of a bout between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a popular topic of discussion in boxing circles, the rivalry between Pacquiao and Marquez is actually great. There are no hypotheticals involved. When these two fought, all four times, the end result was memorable. Were the second and third matches as memorable as the first and fourth? Probably not. But they were still pretty amazing.
Pacquiao is currently coming off a big victory over Brandon Rios. Marquez is fresh off a tough loss to Timothy Bradley. According to Fight News, Top Rank boss Bob Arum is looking to pit one against the other for what would be the fifth, and presumably final, chapter of their rivalry.
Marquez has repeatedly stated that he is not interested in a fifth match against Pacquiao. He believes that his knockout win in the fourth bout definitively answered who the better man was, and he doesn’t want to risk tarnishing that memory.
Arum acknowledges Marquez’s reluctuance, but apparently he’s prepared to make the 40-year-old a pretty sweet offer. Per Fight News, Marquez stands to make between $13 and 15 millions should he agree to a fifth showdown against Pacquiao.
If Marquez doesn’t agree to fight Pacquiao again, he will be left without a dance partner. The person he wants a rematch against, Bradley, will likely be Pacquiao’s backup option should talks with Marquez fall apart. And since fighting Pacquiao again will make Bradley more money than fighting Marquez again, that’s probably the direction he’ll lean in.
Essentially, Marquez can take the biggest pay day of his career and fight Pacquiao, or he can turn the fight down and fight a no-namer next April or May.