Unimpressed by the continued posturing of Roach, Arum and Pacquiao, over a potential fight, Mayweather yesterday raised the bar, and openly challened Manny Pacquiao to a 2010 superbout.
Seemingly frustrated by Pacquiao and Arum's refusals to answer questions on a bout, post fight, Floyd made his position crystal clear.
"Manny Pacquiao is the fighter in the news, but every time someone asks him if he wants to fight me, he says it is "up to his promoter", "he's going to take a vacation", or whatever the latest answer is. Nobody in his camp gives an answer. They always side step".
"I have yet to hear him actually say, 'yes I want to fight Mayweather.' We are the fighters here. I'm talking about the fight to the media. And if one fighter is talking about fighting another fighter, then they should just come out and say it. Manny Pacquiao doesn't say anything directly about fighting me because he might just know it's not a fight he can win."
"Tell Manny Pacquiao to be his own man and stop letting everyone, including his loudmouth trainer (Freddie Roach), talk for him," said Mayweather. "I speak for myself and tell it like it is. If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight me, all he has to do is step up to the plate and say it himself. Then the fight is on."
In reply Arum stated "Hopefully we'll be able to put this together. The one thing I'm not going to do, is to negotiate through the newspapers. If that happens, the fight might not happen."
In reply to the claim that Arum doesn't really want to risk Manny's PFP status with a tough fight against Mayweather Arum said " "You know that isn't true. But if your fighter wants a fight, you deal. Maybe I prefer not to deal with him. Mayweather is not one of my favorite people and I'm sure I'm not one of his. "
Of course this is just potential pre fight posturing, but along with Mayweathers concerted attack of Pacquiao on UK television on the 16th, calling it "an easier fight than Marquez", I think it's obvious that Floyd has firmly stated his position.
And the ball is firmly back in Pacquiaos court. He has to make his position just as clear.
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