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Boxing fans have been on the edge of their seats hoping to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight Manny Pacquiao. The wait is almost over.
During an interview with Showtime Sports, Mayweather said he is looking to get in the ring with Pacquiao on May 2, 2015.
"I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao. We tried to make the fight happen years ago; we had problems with random blood and urine testing," Mayweather said. "I just want to be on an even playing field. Now he's in a very, very tight situation. He's lost to [Juan Manuel] Marquez [in 2012], he's lost to [Timothy] Bradley [by controversial decision in 2012 but avenged it in April]. Pay-per-view numbers are extremely low. He's desperate. I wanted that fight a long time ago. I'm just waiting on them."
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) wants Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) to fight him on Showtime, where he is under contract for two more fights. Pac Man fights for HBO. There's no reason an agreement can't be made between the networks to co-promote the event.
The fight will most likely take place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. It could generate as much as $250 million and will be the highest pay-per-view boxing match in history.
Mayweather is not a fan of Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, but the money and pressure from Showtime's parent company CBS to put together a mega-fight almost assures the fight will happen.
"So let's make this fight happen. Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years," Mayweather said. "We're tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics. You guys didn't want to take random blood and urine testing, so that's why it didn't happen. Then I offered you $40 million, then you didn't want to make the fight happen. You lost twice, now you coming back begging for the same money. That's not gonna happen. Let's make the fight happen for the people and the fans. Mayweather versus Pacquiao, May 2nd, Cinco de Mayweather."
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he's ready to fight Manny Pacquiao