Pound-for-Pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. sends his message addressed to Manny Pacquiao through his official tweeter page a few moments ago as he looks forward for his upcoming fight with unnamed opponent this May 5.
“Manny Pacquiao, I’m calling you out. Let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in.”
In just about 24 minutes since the time Mayweather, Jr. posted the same message on Facebook, it is liked by 57,622 account holders; it also turns 11,632 visitors into frenzy with all unimaginable comments. No doubt, Mayweather, Jr. has timely put the spotlight upon Top Rank Godfather Robert “Bob” Arum and Pacquaio who are scheduled to sit down together today in Manila. Initial report has it that Pacquiao rather wants Mayweather, Jr. as his opponent this Spring in the US.
Arum suggested through ANC television interview a few hours ago that if Mayweather, Jr. wants to fight Pacquiao, it should be in late May and at a bigger venue than MGM Grand Arena which only can squeeze in nearly 20,000 attendees. Arum would want to maximize live gate sales with potentially more than 60,000 ticket sales. A likely venue being targeted, if Las Vegas is chosen, would be the great stadium of the University of Las Vegas, Nevada in which Arum plans to build an extension to accommodate more fans.
However, Arum also is yet to discuss with Mayweather, Jr., who will turn 35 in February, if he rather wants the fight this November to give more time to promote the fight.
In the same interview, Pacquiao, 33, says he wants to fight anybody as long as he is a boxer. But, Arum, at this time, has his own list of boxers for Pacquiao to choose from, to wit: Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson. Obviously, the king from Grand Rapids, Michigan is not on list.
“Mayweather, Jr. does not want to fight,” says Pacquiao. “But, we’ll see. We will find a way to make the fight (with Mayweather, Jr.) happen.“
Meanwhile, Mayweather, Jr. is said to begin his 90-day jail time on June 1 plus the 100 hours community service thereafter, based on the extension date of imposition by Judge Melissa Saragosa of Nevada.
Last December 21, Mayweather, Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to a “reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges”. Saragosa had imposed such ruling based on plea deal and scheduled Mayweather, Jr. to turn himself in supposedly last January 6.
Stay tuned for more!
Original Source: http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-long-beach/mayweather-jr-calling-out-pacquiao-step-up-punk
By Granville Ampong
Long Beach Boxing Examiner
Granville Ampong, a freelance writer, is married with two kids in Los Angeles. A broadsheet columnist for the Philippine Media, Granville loves to…