MANILA, Philippines – Filipino champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao laments the lost chance to make history in his chosen sport after effectively giving up on a potential mega-fight against unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao recently told his fans and supporters to forget a fight against Mayweather – at least for the meantime – since the American continues to insist that the mega-fight can only be made on his terms.
“First, I would like to make it clear that I am not chasing him,” Pacquiao said, as quoted by PhilBoxing. “If ever, I want to face him in the ring for boxing fans, in particular, and sports fans, in general.”
“That fight is what everybody wants. That’s history in the making, and I want both of us to be part of history – history which cannot happen without either of us,” Pacquiao stressed.
Pacquiao said both he and Mayweather already have solid legacies that they can leave the boxing world with when they decide to hang up their gloves.
“History is different,” he said. “To make an expected record of the most number of people to watch the actual fight and on television, heard over radio and read in the newspapers is what will remain in the history of boxing.”
Mayweather recently compared Pacquiao to a mad dog chasing after a bone, and even hinted that the Filipino boxer only sought a fight with him because of his tax problems both in the United States and in the Philippines.
But Pacquiao insisted that he is happy even if the Mayweather fight never materializes.
“Truth is, for me, happy na ako matuloy man o hindi ang laban,” he said. “Masaya ko dahil I am able to serve people in so many ways, despite my humble beginnings with the help of God – in boxing, entertainment and most importantly, in government service.”