MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has to avenge his losses to Timothy Bradley Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez before he can even consider making a fight against American superstar Floyd Mayweather.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Mayweather included Pacquiao in a list of potential opponents but noted that the Filipino has business to take care of first.
“Manny Pacquiao, once again, he has to get past Timothy Bradley and Marquez (in order to fight me),” he said.
Mayweather also shrugged off the importance of facing Pacquiao in a super-fight.
“If my legacy was defined off one fight, then why have 43 fights?” he said. “I would then go in there, have one fight and go down as one of the best fighters who ever lived.”
Mayweather, who will take on Robert Guerrero in a welterweight clash on May 4, also named Devon Alexander, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Bradley as potential opponents.
“Devon Alexander is a good, solid boxing southpaw. ‘Canelo’ is a young, strong 154-pound champion... Timothy Bradley, I never really had a chance to watch too many of his fights,” he said.
“He’s a good, solid boxer. His body is always in good, tip-top condition,” Mayweather added.
If Mayweather gets past Guerrero, he is widely expected to take on Alvarez in September.