Undefeated boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. revealed during a recorded TV interview that he has always avoided a matchup with top contender Manny Pacquiao, citing his fear of losing his undefeated status, specially now that he is gearing towards retirement from the ring in a few years.
During a recorded interview with KKBOX Sports TV in Memphis, Mayweather said that a defeat from Pacquiao would erase everything he had worked for — starting from his early years as a young olympic boxer — to the recent fights where he has earned hefty purses.
“I have been lucky to have reached this point in my career, and undefeated,” said Mayweather. “Losing all of that to someone who is in desperate mode right now is a scary thing”, he adds, alluding to the recent troubles Pacquiao has recently been going through with the Internal Revenue Service, and the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Mayweather however did not close the door on a possible matchup with the Filipino fighter. He said that he we will decide in the next few months, that is, if he changes his mind. However, if ever that happens, there needs to be certain conditions Pacquiao’s camp and promoters need to address for the potential biggest fight in history.
Mayweather said that first and foremost, Pacquiao has to sever ties with his current promoter, Bob Arum. Second, during the fight, Pacquiao must wear pink trunks and gloves, and third, he will not pay for the rights to have ring announcer Michael Buffer say the copyrighted phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble!” before the fight. Mayweather said that he wants it changed to “Lets get ready to mambo!”.
Boxing afficionados worldwide have been yearning for a Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight for years. If such a deal can be reached between the two fighters, earnings from such an event could reach in the hundreds of millions in dollars and could go into the annals of boxing as the biggest fight in history.
Pacquiao’s camp has yet to comment on this recent development.