If made to choose between a super-fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and promoter Bob Arum, Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao will likely opt to stay with the Top Rank executive.
The eight division former world champion noted that the American has come up with all sorts of demands, including drug testing and a huge cut in revenues.
But for Pacquiao, the wildest of Mayweather’s demands was for him to part ways with his long-time boxing promoter. That's why the Pacman believes the unbeaten champion is just coming up with excuses just to avoid sharing the boxing ring with him.
“The truth is, he doesn’t have interest in fighting me,” the Filipino boxer said in an interview with Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not about the promoter.”
Pacquiao has always maintained good relationship with Top Rank Inc. and a split in the near future is very unlikely, he said.
“I’m the kind of person that doesn’t look to make changes. Look at me, since I’ve fought in America, I’ve only had one trainer [Freddie Roach]. I never change. We have a good relationship with Top Rank, with Bob," he said.
Pacquiao is currently preparing for a rematch with WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley.
A victory against the Palm Springs native on April12 could set him up for a possible rematch against his fiercest rival, Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao, however, did not rule out the likelihood of fighting Mayweather, saying all it takes is a simple “yes” from the elusive boxer.
“For me, if he wants to fight, the fight will be on,” he said. “The ultimate answer is from him. I’m just waiting to see if he’ll change his mind.”