Pacquiao: I’m not chasing Mayweather Jr.
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) says he’s not chasing after Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) to try and get a big money fight. However, Mayweather feels that he is, describing him as a “Begging for the fight,” in an interview with Fighthype. Whatever the reality, a Mayweather fight would surely help Pacquiao’s financial situation right now and I doubt he would turn it down if Mayweather opened his mouth to offer him the fight.
“First, I would like to make it clear that I am not chasing him,” Pacquiao said on DAZR via Philboxing. “I want to face him in the ring for boxing fans in particular and sports fans. Rather than a dog running with it’s tail between his legs in utter show of fear, at least I look for more fights. I don’t run away from them.”
You have to wonder whether Pacquiao’s comment about a dog running with his tail between his legs is what he thinks of Mayweather. The thing is Mayweather has already told him what he wants before he’ll agree to fight him, and that’s for him to be free and clear of Bob Arum. It’s not as if Mayweather has wavered from his instructions for him to get a fight with him.
Yes, Mayweather wouldn’t mind if Pacquiao started avenging his losses against Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Arum needs to pay Bradley’s asking price to get him in the ring with Pacquiao for a second fight, and Marquez is currently not interested in a 5th fight with the Filipino fighter. I think Marquez would change his mind if Arum offered him a 50-50 purse split, though, but that obviously is never going to happen.
There’s nothing wrong if Pacquiao is perceived chasing after Mayweather for a fight. It’s not as if it’s a new thing. All the guys that Mayweather fights pretty much are fighters that are chasing after him, because a fight against him is like hitting the lottery. It’s even more so for Pacquiao since the fight would be much bigger than Mayweather’s usual fights, and Pacquiao’s purse split would be a lot larger than Floyd Jr’s typical opponents.