Mayweather: Pacquiao’s 1-2 in his last 3 fights; I wish him the best
By Chris Williams: If you’re wondering whether Floyd Mayweaher Jr. will be fighting Manny Pacquiao anytime soon to give him a chance at a mega-payday to help him with some spending cash, it doesn’t sound like it from a recent interview. Mayweather points out that Pacquiao has had little success in the ring in his last three fights, and Mayweather leaves it at that in pointing that out. This leaves one to conclude that he’s not interesting in fighting an opponent that is struggling with his career. Mayweather tends to fight only the best, and he doesn’t generally by practice fight opposition whose careers are sinking.
“I’ve got nothing bad to say Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said to Hustleboss.com. “The guy is 1-2 in his last 3 fights. I wish him only the best. I don’t know which company he’s with. I’m only focused on Mayweather Promotions. My focus is on May 3rd. I don’t know who my opponent is. If it’s Pacquiao, it’s Pacquiao. If it’s Amir Khan, it’s Amir Khan.”
You could read the last part where Mayweather mentions Pacquiao as him giving the Filipino warrior a slight glimmer of hope for a fight, but I’m not seeing it that way. I think Mayweather pretty much revealed his innermost thoughts about Pacquiao in his first comment about his horrible record in his last three fights. What Mayweather appears to be saying it that Pacquiao doesn’t have the credentials right now to share the same ring with him due to his poor record as of late. I’m not sure why Mayweather mentioned not knowing who Pacquiao’s promoter is, but you couldn’t miss Mayweather inserting his own promotional companies’ name, as if possibly dropping a hint for Pacquiao.
As you know, Pacquiao’s contract with Top Rank expires in 2014, and if he doesn’t re-sign with them it’s possible that Mayweather might be a little more interested in fighting him. Of course, Pacquiao could ensure that he got a mega fight with Mayweather if he signed with Mayweather Promotions. A move like that would enable Pacquiao to not only get a likely fight against Mayweather, but also against Golden Boy Promotions top 140 and 147 pounders like Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, Paulie Malignaggi, Lamont Peterson, Lucas Matthysse, Keith Thurman, Devon Alexander, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout and Alfredo Angulo. That’s got to be tempting for Pacquiao. If he stays with Top Rank he has to look forward to fights against Tim Bradley, Ruslan Provodnikov, Brandon Rios [again and again], and Mike Alvarado. I expect Terence Crawford to eventually move up to 140 and 147, ans him being one of the names Pacquiao will be fighting if he stays with Top Rank.