Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino eight-division former world boxing champ, is still waiting for Floyd Mayweather’s response to his challenge for a charity fight. Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) proposed this fight format to remove speculations that he wanted a fight with the undefeated Mayweather (45-0, 28 KO’s) because he desperately needs the money. According to Pacquiao they will make this fight happen for the love of boxing and to give in to the clamor of the fans. In a message to Mayweather, Paquiao said, “Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”
And to ensure that the fight will push through, Pacquiao said he is willing to submit himself to any kind of stringent drug testing procedures any boxing organization will require of him. For the past four years boxing fans have been eagerly waiting for these two giants of boxing to finally square off in the ring.
Manny Pacquiao reiterated that the fight contract should stipulate that both fighters will not receive any proceeds from this fight and all earnings including gate receipts, endorsements and pay-per-view will all go to charities they both will choose.
Boxing observers including Leo Reyes who wrote an article on this topic said that it is unlikely that Mayweather will accept the fight offer of Manny Pacquiao given the former’s yearning for money and the fact that Mayweather is currently the world’s highest-paid athlete. Mayweather is said to be a big spender and bets heavily on sports events and similar competitions.
Paul Magno of Yahoo! Sports said that this fight will not happen, given the two fighters history of backing off from a deal because of their unwillingness to work out their differences. “If Pacquiao is honest about his burning desire to face Mayweather, he needs to accept the fact that the fight is now completely in Mayweather’s hands.” added Magno.
“Fighter of the Decade” Pacquiao was recently in the news when he had to answer to tax issues in both the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue raised against him on account of unpaid taxes amounting to several millions of dollars. Yet, Pacquiao’s handlers said that the Filipino boxer does not owe anything because this is just a case of mix ups. Records are now being ironed out with those two tax agencies, according to Pacquiao’s management team.
In the meantime, while waiting for Mayweather’s response, Manny Pacquiao has already secured a date for a re-match with undefeated WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The press tour for the match will start on February 4 and will kick-off in Los Angeles to be followed by New York on February 5.
Pacquiao and Bradley first fought in June 2012 where Bradley won by a split decision. The fight was controversial because everybody thought that Pacquiao won. In the ensuing WBO committee tasked to review the fight because of the controversy, all five judges of this committee scored the fight in favor of Pacquiao. However, the WBO committee cannot overturn the result of a fight.
Manny Pacquiao may still be waiting to see if Mayweather will accept his challenge for a charity fight. While boxing fans are also waiting for that dream match to happen, a bout with Bradley must be made the focus of Pacquiao and his team first.
By Roberto I. Belda