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Manny Pacquiao Says All Mayweather Has To Do Is Call Him

Submitted by on February 6, 2014 – 2:46 pmNo Comment

It’s not likely we’ll ever get to see Mayweather-Pacquiao, but that doesn’t mean the two participants (in what would easily be the biggest fight in the history of the sport) won’t continue to be bombarded with questions. The latest news item that has come out of this ridiculous cold war is Manny Pacquiao’s insistence that he does indeed want the fight.

While making a stop in New York to promote his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao made his rounds to a Knicks game, shot HBO’s “Face Off With Max Kellerman” and then stopped by Keith Olberman’s ESPN show “Olberman” to discuss the fight.

But the more pressing question from Olberman had nothing to do with Pacquiao avenging his controversial loss to Bradley. Instead, it was all about boxing’s pound-for-pound kingpin.

“Are you gonna fight Floyd Mayweather at some point?” Olbermann asked.

“I want that fight but it’s up to him,” Pacquiao responded. “What I can say now is that our line is open 24 hours, seven days a week. If he will call and say ‘yes’ then the fight [will happen].”

“He doesn’t want to do it?” Olbermann inquired.

“That’s what I believe,” Pacquiao said. “Thousands, millions of fans are waiting for that fight and been asking me many questions about when will that fight happen. I tell them I am willing to fight him any time but the problem is him. Many alibis. [Operators are] standing by 24 hours, seven days a week.”

Okay, even though it sounds great, there is much more to it than a simple phone call. Mayweather already made that call once before and offered Pacquiao a flat $40 million. Pacquiao declined that offer because he has to answer to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and felt he deserved at least a 50/50 split of the revenue.

With Pacquiao being knocked out by Marquez, Mayweather has the upper hand when it comes to dictating the terms. Nevertheless, Pacquiao needs to take care of business against Bradley and get some payback against Marquez before he can even consider Mayweather.

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