This past Tuesday Floyd Mayweather got on his twitter and supposedly called out Pacquiao saying:
“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out, let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up punk.”
For a while now, boxing fans, sports fans and pretty much the whole world has been waiting for Mayweather to finally step up and agree to fight Pacquiao. Pacquiao has openly expressed for the past couple years that he would fight anyone including Mayweather. So if the tweets are real and truly from Mayweather, then why is he stepping up now?! Mayweather is scheduled to be behind bars on June 1st for 87 days for an argument with his ex-girlfriend that led to hair pulling, punching and arm twisting (you gotta stop putting hands on women), so he’s trying to get a fight in before then. As for Pacquiao, he just got done with a grueling fight against Marquez that went all 12 rounds, suffering a big, nasty cut on his face that is in the process of healing. As every boxer should know, including Mayweather, rushing the healing process to jump into the ring early isn’t a smart idea, especially when facing an undefeated boxer and a fight that can potentially be the biggest fight in boxing history. With that said I think Mayweather knows this fight isn’t going to happen and is just barking loud as usual to win some people over. Plus, the magnitude of this fight would need more than 4 months to promote since this could be the answer to revive and revamp the sport of boxing.
When these tweets got to Pacquiao’s camp, Bob Arum (Pacquiao’s promoter) responded that Pacquiao is always willing to fight Mayweather but not on May 5th due to the healing cut. This could be seen by the public as an excuse to dodge the fight on Pacquiao’s side, but Arum added that they are willing to chip in for Mayweather’s lawyer fees in order to push his jail time even further back to accommodate a June 9th fight. This is probably the closest we’ve come to seeing a most anticipated Mayweather/Pacquiao fight but by the looks of it, the fight is still very out of reach. So the question still remains: Who would win between Mayweather versus Pacquiao?