Welterweight

Manny Pacquiao Still Open to Floyd Mayweather Super-Bout

Dec 8, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Manny Pacquiao before  his welterweight bout against Juan Manuel Marquez (not pictured) at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Juan Manuel Marquez won the bout by sixth round knockout. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Mick AkersAnalyst IMay 4, 2013

Even after years of trying to no avail, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao still wants a showdown with the undefeated, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather (h/t ESPN.co.uk).

Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, told ifilm London that Pacquiao, currently on a two-fight losing streak, still wants to land the mega fight that the world has been waiting years to see.

We're open to that fight, we've always wanted that fight. Now it's in Floyd's court because Manny himself said on our last press tour when we fought (WBO welterweight champion Timothy) Bradley, that he's willing to accept less. We're willing to do the blood tests whenever and any kind of testing as long as Floyd does the same and we're willing to give him 60% and we'll take 40%.

Whether Mayweather would accept a 60/40 split after Pacquiao lost his last two bouts, with his last loss being a devastating knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez, is unlikely.

With the perception that Pacquiao has lost a step or two in the ring, Mayweather could jump on the chance to disprove all his naysayers that believe Pacquiao would take him out and that he has been dodging him all these years.

If any serious negotiations take place if Mayweather is successful Saturday against Robert Guerrero, financial terms may again be the issue that halts the bout.

Mayweather said he offered Pacquiao $40 million (h/t Boxingnews24.com) in the last negotiations but was turned down. If that amount is offered again, would Pacquiao now accept being that he no longer has any leverage after such a bad loss?

Just when everyone thought the Mayweather-Pacquiao super-fight was all but dead, the latest revaluation will spark up that debate once again. The buzz won't last as long this time around, seeing how the past few years have come and gone without the two of the generation's best meeting each other in the ring.

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