Manny Pacquiao on Thursday accepted United States rival Floyd Mayweather’s provocative challenge for a showdown of the world’s top pound-for-pound boxers, though sticking points to the mega fight remain.
The unbeaten Mayweather dared the Philippine icon this week on Twitter to ‘Step up Punk’, attempting to entice Pacquiao into a May 5 bout in Las Vegas, a fight that boxing fans have wanted to see for years.
Mayweather and Pacquiao, 33, previously saw a fight derailed by the US fighter’s demands about blood testing, with both boxers accusing the other of running scared. ‘I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants,’ Pacquiao declared at a news conference in the Philippines with his US promoter Bob Arum.
As reported, Floyd’s jail sentence was postponed to June so he could fight at the MGM Grand on May 5th — but so far, his opponent hasn’t been determined.
Fight fans have been clamoring for Mayweather-Pacquiao for years — and now Floyd himself is calling out Manny with the message, “Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”
Pacquiao, 54-3 with two draws and 38 knockouts, said if the 34-year-old Mayweather, 42-0 with 26 knockouts, can find a promoter who would give him a guaranteed purse, the fight would be on.
Abdul Malik Omar
The AMO Times
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