MANILA, Philippines – Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is not blaming boxing’s current pound-for-pound kings Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for failing to put together a mega-fight against each other.
A Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is widely considered to be the most lucrative bout that can be made in boxing right now, but various issues have kept the fight from materializing.
In an interview with an ESPN radio show, Tyson said he is not blaming either fighter.
“They’re two fighters, they should be able to do what they want to do,” he said. “We as fans want to see them fight, but if they’re not happy, not comfortable fighting, they should be entitled to do what they want.”
But Tyson said Pacquiao and Mayweather will have to face each other at some point in their careers.
“If they don’t fight, that’s the question mark of their era. What happened?” he said.
“Absolutely, I’m interested in seeing two equally competitive fighters fight. That’s going to be a great fight, not no blowout,” Tyson added.
The former champion does not believe that Mayweather is ducking Pacquiao, as some have accused the undefeated boxer of doing.
“I don’t know what Floyd thinks about this situation. Maybe this is his strategy. Maybe he’s waiting Pacquiao out. Who knows?” Tyson said.
Mayweather will face Miguel Cotton on May 5 in Las Vegas, while Pacquiao will fight Timothy Bradley on June 9, also in Las Vegas.