Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. (Credit: Reuters)
MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Filipino boxing champ Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao confirmed that he has challenged American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a "charity fight," wherein the proceeds of the showdown will go to various foundations around the world.
Pacquiao had seemingly given up on a mega-fight against Mayweather just last week, but revived the hopes of boxing fans when he issued the dare to the American.
"Sabi niya, malaki daw ang premyo kaya gusto ko siya labanan. No. Sabi ko, maglaban kami for charity. Wala siyang matatanggap na pera, wala akong matatanggap na pera," Pacquiao said. "Ido-donate namin 'yung kikitain namin sa mga foundations sa buong mundo, sa mga nangangailangan, especially sa Philippines."
A fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather has long been considered to be the richest fight that can be made in boxing, with the potential to break all box-office records.
But it has been in limbo for years, as both sides repeatedly failed to come to an agreement during the various negotiations that have taken place. Mayweather most recently said a Pacquiao fight cannot happen for as long as the Filipino fights under the banner of Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, has said he has no plans of violating his contract with Top Rank, and recently told his fans to forget about the Mayweather fight for the meantime.
"Ang dami niyang dahilan since the beginning. Marami siyang dahilan, kung ano-ano ang sinasabi niya," Pacquiao lamented.
The Filipino boxer believes that fighting for charity will resolve all those issues that have blocked the fight in the past.
"Walang problema sa promoter… wala ng jurisdiction ang promoter doon," Pacquiao said. "Fight pa rin, pero 'yung kikitain namin, ido-donate na sa foundations."
He added that he is willing to fight Mayweather anytime, anywhere, and that he will agree to demands of random blood and urine testing.
The outspoken Mayweather has claimed in his recent interviews that Pacquiao was only seeking the fight because the Filipino was dealing with tax problems both in the Philippines and in the United States.
But Pacquiao said his lawyers are dealing with his tax issues, and that it is the boxing fans who have been clamoring for the mega-fight for years now.
"Lumalabas na ako ang naghahabol sa kanya na gustong-gustong lumaban," said Pacquiao. "Gusto ko naman, pero gusto talaga ng boxing fans. Gusto ng mga fans."
When asked why he dared Mayweather to fight for charity, Pacquiao said: "Para wala na siyang dahilan ...Malalaman natin kung ano ang susunod na dahilan niya."
Pacquiao and Mayweather were once considered the two best boxers in the world pound-for-pound, but Pacquiao’s consecutive losses in 2012 has sent him tumbling down the pound-for-pound rankings.
Mayweather, meanwhile, was briefly incarcerated in 2012 but bounced back with two comprehensive victories in 2013, beating Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May and September, respectively.
Pacquiao fought only once in 2013, breaking his two-fight losing streak with a one-sided demolition of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios last November in Macau. -- From a report by Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News