MANILA – American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. again fired verbal volleys at Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao during the unbeaten boxer’s visit to South Africa this week.
Mayweather arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday to start a four-city visit in what was his first trip to the African continent, the Associated Press reported.
Speaking to reporters there, Mayweather claimed that Pacquiao has been begging to fight him in order to solve tax problems both in the Philippines and in the United States.
“I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before. We didn’t see eye to eye on terms. Years later, we come back and I try to make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn’t make the fight happen,” he said.
“All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to (Juan Manuel) Marquez… he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now all of a sudden he wants to say: ‘You know what, I’d do anything to make the fight happen,’” Mayweather added.
“He’s really saying: ‘Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?’”
Mayweather stressed that Pacquiao will not be his opponent for when he fights on May 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Britain’s Amir Khan is a possible opponent, though nothing has been finalized.
“We don’t know. We will know within the next seven days,” Mayweather said.
Pacquiao has repeatedly denied chasing a Mayweather fight, and said last week that he is already satisfied with the legacy that he leaves in boxing even if he never fights the American boxer.
The Filipino icon has also seemingly given up on the mega-fight, at least for the moment, telling his fans during a radio show to “forget” the Mayweather showdown.