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Floyd Mayweather has confirmed ongoing negotiations to make a fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, citing Cinco de Mayo weekend as his preferred date.
Speaking to Showtime during Friday night’s Erislandy Lara vs. Ishe Smith card, Mayweather revealed his reasoning for wanting the fight now as opposed to the many failed negotiations starting in 2009.
“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao, we’re trying to make the fight happen. Years ago we had problems with random blood and urine testing. I just want to have an even playing field,” said Mayweather.
Calling Pacquiao “desperate” due to recent low pay-per-view numbers, Mayweather also blamed Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, for the fight not happening and declared one of his main contract requirements — the fight must be on Showtime pay-per-view.
“We have to make the fight on Showtime pay-per-view because of course Showtime championship boxing is #1,” said Mayweather. “Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We’ve been trying to make the fight for years now… The fans have been fooled because they’ve been listening to one side. Now it’s our time to talk.”
Mayweather has fought on Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo holiday in five of the last seven years, but now faces the prospect of having to move off that date due to fight talks between Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto. Despite rumors of Mayweather facing the winner of Khan-Alexander on Saturday night, Pacquiao is the only fighter that Mayweather could face the trumps the market value of a Canelo-Cotto matchup.
“Let’s make this fight for the people, for the fans. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao May 2, Cinco de Mayweather,” Mayweather stated.
Watch the full interview below. Do you see the fight finally happening?
Once again, we get a glimpse of why this fight is so hard to make. Mayweather says some good things about the needing to make the fight for his legacy, but then lets his ego get the better of him with the demands of the fight having to be on Showtime and declaring what Pacquiao’s split should be.
Fact of the matter is, the desperation is on both sides. Without the Pacquiao fight, Mayweather loses his coveted Cinco de Mayo date. And Showtime, rumored to have lost significant money on every Mayweather fight except the Canelo bout, face the prospect on trying to get a return on their investment with prospective opponents like Amir Khan and Devon Alexander.
If Mayweather-Pacquiao does happen, it won’t be in May. Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya disclosed a few days ago that Canelo and Cotto are close to finalizing a deal, with the former already agreeing to terms. Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, so Arum has a vested interest in getting Canelo-Cotto done while it’s hot and leaving Mayweather-Cotto for later in the year.
We’ll see who blinks first.