Manny Pacquiao: I’ll ‘Easily Beat’ Floyd Mayweather, Fight Needs To Be Confirmed By This Date

Manny Pacquiao has insisted that he will easily beat Floyd Mayweather, Jr. if the pair are involved in a bout, but he’s also given a deadline for when their fight needs to be agreed to by.

Manny Pacquiao made his declaration via Twitter.

Pacquiao then also tried to coax Mayweather into finally agreeing to the fight.

He also went on to insist that he doesn’t mind being regarded as the underdog for the bout.

However in conjunction with his promoter, the Filipino megastar has remarked that if the duo and their parties haven’t agreed terms by the end of January, and signatures signed on the dotted line for the fight, then he will take on someone else.

It is believed the date that the duo have tentatively agreed on for their titanic tussle is May 2.

Bob Arum, who works as Pacquiao’s promoter, also told New York Daily News that the boxer is already looking beyond Mayweather, just in case terms can’t be agreed.

“He’s got to move ahead,” Arum declared. “We’ve got to have a fight in the spring. But you have to have a deadline. This can’t drip on forever. We’re working on a plan B.”

Arum explained how he and Pacquiao decided to set the deadline after they met in Los Angeles last week. Meanwhile, Arum also added that all terms have actually been agreed upon by both Mayweather and Pacquiao.

They have provisionally agreed to have their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. However the only thing that is holding up the fight from being fully confirmed is that, according to Arum, Mayweather has yet to actually sign the contract.

Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather, while talking to Sirius XM radio, was insistent that Pacquiao’s camp were the real reason why the contract hasn’t yet been signed by both parties. But he was still confident that the fight will actually take place.

“We have been going back and forth, communicating with their team. We’re going to make it happen though. We’re trying, but it’s been extremely difficult dealing with Top Rank. And I don’t want to sit here and point the finger at Pacquiao and say ‘it’s him.’ It’s not Pacquiao, it’s his promoter [Arum]. A lot of times when Pacquiao says, ‘I agreed,’ you don’t have nothing to do with this, you’re not a boss. On a chess board you’re a pawn.”

Arum went on to explain during his discussion with Daily News that he is more cautious that the fight will actually take place. Arum revealed that he has been involved with negotiations between the two fighters in the past when they have broken down, and if it happens again he believes it sends a clear message to the boxing world.

“It sends a message loud and clear that this guy does not want to fight Pacquiao and never did. I’ve been through this rodeo once before.”

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