Pacquiao escapes with a win, but questions remain
Pound for pound king and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has revealed that talks have begun to fight Floyd Mayweather Jnr, in a massive Pay Per View boxing event on May 5, 2011.
Following Pacquiao’s third and highly controversial fight against bitter Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez a few weeks ago the reasoning was that a fourth encounter was immediately on the cards but Pacquiao has surprisingly revealed a that negotiations with Team Mayweather have begun
One could argue that any Mayweather/Pacquiao clash would be slightly devalued considering how easily Mayweather out-pointed Marquez a few years ago whilst Pacquiao has struggled to snatch victory convincingly on three occasions.
However, whilst speaking to abs-cbnnews.com Pacquiao not only revealed the Mayweather fight plans he also said Mayweather may just feel too confident after seeing the third Marquez fight.
"Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final," Pacquiao said, according to abs-cbnnews.com. "Mayweather may be thinking ’I can fight Pacquiao now because he had trouble against Marquez, and I was able to beat up Marquez’."
However, there is still the dispute over blood testing and other legal issues. Negotiations have never been easy between the two camps and it does not look like becoming easier now. If no deal can be agreed with Pacquiao, Mayweather does have the option of facing WBC middleweight champ Sergio Martinez,
It’s a fight Martinez desperately wants. Martinez is not a big middleweight and he could drop a few pounds to face Mayweather Jnr so that fight is a realistic option.
"To be considered one of the best pound-for-pound I just need this little push, a great fight with one of the two [Mayweather or Pacquiao]," Martinez said recently. "I feel as if I have achieved nothing yet in boxing. Nothing. If I quit tomorrow people would forget about me. I would even forget about myself."
November 25, 2011