Manny Pacquiao is in Los Angeles preparing for his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley Jr., but he may have a bigger target in mind — Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The Filipino fighter is preparing for a rematch against Bradley, and those around Pacquiao believe a win should set him up for what has been an elusive fight against Mayweather. So far the two fighters have been unable to com to terms on a match, but it’s looking increasingly inevitable that they meet.
“As far as I’m concerned, Mayweather can’t go around saying he’s the best until he fights the best and for me, Manny’s the best,” said Justin Fortune, who is back as Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach.
If he does defeat Bradley when they meet April 12, Manny Pacquiao may still have another step before he can meet Floyd Mayweather Jr. It’s likely that he would fight Juan Manuel Marquez later in 2014, which would set up what could be the fight of the century.
As long as both Pacquiao and Mayweather can keep winning, it’s likely that both fighters would command $50 million each when they finally meet, insiders believe.
Pacquiao’s camp has been publicly pushing for a Mayweather fight for months. After his comeback win against Brandon Rios, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum started to publicly talk up a long-awaited fight with Floyd Mayweather.
“On our side the answer is yes [he fight can be made in 2014], we’re very open to it,” Arum told the media after the win over Rios. “There are ways it can get done, they have to dumb down the rhetoric, we are prepared to dumb down the rhetoric and get it done. There is no real impediment to having that fight happen whether it will or not depends completely on the Mayweather side. I can see it happening but I can’t predict that it will happen because it takes two to tango.”
Fans who want to see a Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight will have to wait a bit longer, and root for both fighters to keep winning.