The Twitterverse is alive with the sound of trash talk, and once again Floyd Mayweather Jr. has challenged Manny Pacquiao.
The current WBC welterweight champion sent a tweet to the Filipino sensation, demanding he stone up and accept a May 5 fight date in Las Vegas on the heels of Pacquiao’s divisive win over Juan Manuel Marquez last November.
Mayweather, who unlike some celebrities handles his own Twitter account, wrote: “Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”
That tweet was followed by: “My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.”
Mayweather’s challenge comes after a judge recently postponed his 90-day jail sentence for domestic assault until June.
But before the argument begins on who’s calling who out and who’s been ducking who, it’s fair to note that Pacquiao reportedly met with his promoter Bob Arum in the Philippines on Tuesday to discuss his next opponent.
Lightweight champion Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto and a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez are possibilities, but none seem to be on Pacquiao’s radar. In an interview from his native Philippines, the eight-division world champion reiterated to PhilBoxing.com that he wants Mayweather.
“I’ve said this over and over before and I’m saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be my next opponent and I haven’t changed my choice despite recent developments,” the 33-year-old said. “I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, on Tuesday and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference.”
We’re still feeling the burn from the last time these two got to talking, so let’s not book our flights to Vegas just yet. Just as Pacquaio seemed serious about the only fight worth fighting, the Filipino champion tossed a softball to fans.
“Whoever the fans want me to fight, I will face him atop the ring. I don’t choose the fight. It is my promoter who does because it’s his job. My job is to fight, everybody must realize that.”
Sure, and it’s been suggested that Bob Arum, who used to promote Mayweather and now competes against him, would give his left kidney to keep Floyd as far away from the biggest fight—and most lucrative purse—of his career if he could. A fight with Pacquiao could generate as much as $50 million for each fighter and smash the pay-per-view record ($136,853,700) set by Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in May of 2007.
That’s a lot to give a man you loathe, and Arum certainly loathes Mayweather and everyone trailing him.
So, once again, the fight is there to be made. Mayweather wants it. Pacquiao wants it. Lord knows the boxing public is starved for it. But what of the 80-year-old Arum?
Hopefully, this time, the right egos prevail.
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