Ahead of the press tour to promote his November trilogy fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao began a series of pre-fight interviews recently, and on most topics, his opinions were clear.
For example he expects opponent Juan Manuel Marquez to have trained very hard for their upcoming fight, and will have prepared accordingly for his style.
He is also not looking past his current position as a congressman in favor of his eventual political aspirations, and expects to retire after only a handful more fights at the most.
On others topics though he isn’t so certain, for example when asked about fighting Floyd Mayweather last week on Peter Maniatis’ KO Boxing Show, Pacquiao replied:
“There’s a big possibility by next year that the fight with me and Mayweather will push through, maybe by next year”
For fans still clamoring for a fight between the two, undoubtedly a positive sign.
Only a week later however talking to gathered press at a media training session at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, (a video of part of which can be found at FightHub) Pacquiao didn’t sound quite so sure, saying:
“For me there’s a chance but it’s up to him if he wants to fight, I’m ready anytime”
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Interestingly both Pacquiao and Mayweather have made statements indicating that the ball is in the other’s court regarding a fight between them recently.
Mayweather is still harping on about tests Pacquiao long ago agreed to and Pacquiao seems happier letting his more talkative promoter Bob Arum both discuss details of potential fights and make most of the decisions regarding his opponents.
At least publicly though, both fighters seem keen to face each other. It will have to remain to be seen whether they ever actually do.
For Mayweather, who insists that he consistently faces the best opponents he can, missing out on a fight with Pacquiao could potentially make a big difference to how he is remembered, depending on how many more fights he has.
Pacquiao on the other hand feels his achievements in the ring already speak for themselves even without a fight against Mayweather.
“Actually I’m satisfied with all my achievements in boxing, if he fights me, I’m ok, I’m ready to fight and if not, no need to worry because I don’t really need him”
Pacquiao was also asked by Maniatis how long he intends to continue boxing to which he replied:
“I’m not going to stay long in boxing, couple fights and I’ll stop boxing and focus on serving the people”
Recent rumors concerning Pacquiao’s relative lack of wealth when compared to his income suggest more than a couple of fights, especially if he requires another sizable fortune in funding for his political ambitions in the near future.
Of course a two fight series with Floyd Mayweather would likely dispense with the need for continuing to fight past the end of next year or early 2013.
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