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Manny Pacquiao Officially Releases Statement Saying He Is ‘Willing’ To Fight Mayweather

01/13/2012 at 12:12 pm By

And so it continues… Earlier this week Floyd Mayweather took to Twitter to call out Manny Pacquiao, campaigning for Pacquiao to take a May 5th bout at the MGM Grand. In the days that followed, Top Rank Boxing promoter Bob Arum voiced his opinions on the possibilities of the fight actually happening in May, much of which can be interpreted as excuses depending on who you ask. Friday, Pacquiao took to his official website to release a statement regarding the potential super fight with Mayweather. Here is Pacquiao’s statement:

Manny Pacquiao agrees to fight May 5th.

“To all of my fans…Mayweather just needs to agree to and accept a 50 percent split, and if he does, then the fight will go through. He’s the one who needs to agree,”

“He’s the one who has to say yes. The reason is because he talks to a lot of people. He has a lot of representatives. If he takes the fight, he can make $50-to-60 million. That’s how much he can make.”

“I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants. Mayweather wants a guaranteed purse, so what he has to do is get a promoter who can give him the guarantee,” said Pacquiao.

“I don’t have problems getting a guarantee because I have a promoter who will give me my guaranteed purse. If he gets a guarantee, then we are going to share the revenue on a 50-50 basis.”

While Pacquiao is saying that he will fight Mayweather, if you read between the lines there are some statements that will suggest the fight isn’t a definite. The most glaring to me is the mention of Mayweather’s  guaranteed purse. Mayweather promotes himself, so Pacquiao’s camp is correct in their claim that Mayweather needs to find a third party to guarantee his purse. With the potential revenue this fight will most certainly generate I don’t see this as an issue.

Pacquiao’s camp has also stated that they would be looking to build an outdoor ring to accommodate the tremendous gate draw a Pacquiao/Mayweather would generate. Building such an arena by May would be a stretch, with construction possibly spilling over into June. The main issue with a June date is Mayweather’s pending jail sentence that was re-scheduled for June 1st, which Mayweather requested to allow him to fight May 5th.

One thing that is positive about a potential fight is both boxers appear willing to finally step into the ring. But until we have a contract with signatures on it from both sides, I wouldn’t hold my breath. We’ll see what happens…

-ALR

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3 Comments so far

  1. JOE PEREZ

    on 01/13/2012 - Reply

    MAYWEATHER TALKS TOO MUCH……NEEDS TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE…….NEEDS EDUCATION NOT MO MONEY!!

  2. Craig

    on 01/14/2012 - Reply

    Mayweather’s a punk! Calling Manny out w/really no intentions of following thru. He knows the deal and fronts like he wants to fight. I think he’s scared Manny will tarnish that perfect record of his. I’ll be surprised if we ever see this fight.

    • John

      on 02/22/2012 - Reply

      Yea, Mayweather is no doubt afraid of Pacman, otherwise last year he wouldn’t have asked him to take a blood test 3 days before the fight but refused to take one himself. That’s really fair. Mayweather hit the guy and then runs away, Manny would have none of that he’s quicker and more agile then Floyd. Pacquiao would take him in the 10th round of 12.

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