MANILA, Philippines – International boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao said it is still possible for him to face former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. if they both come out victorious in their respective battles, one outside the ring and the other inside the ring, in May.
“There’s that big possibility,” said Pacquiao in a report posted on Bloomberg.com.
Pacquiao is facing Roy Chiongbian for the lone congressional seat in Sarangani Province on May 10 while Mayweather will fight Shane Mosley on May 1.
The Filipino boxer, who recently retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title by defeating Joshua Clottey, said he wants to fight Mayweather before he retires.
Pacquiao, however, admitted that he still has to convince his family, especially his mother Dionisia Pacquiao, to allow him to fight.
“My mother wants me to retire from boxing; it’s 50-50 at this point… I will discuss this with the entire family,” he said.
Mayweather to insist blood test
However, if both boxers succeed in their separate challenges, Mayweather is expected to insist on Olympic-style drug testing before he fights Pacquiao.
“All I'm saying, if you're a clean athlete, take your test. That's all I'm saying. That's all I've got to say. If you're a clean athlete, take the test,” he said in a report by PhilBoxing.com’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.
This was the same demand by Mayweather months ago that led to the collapse of negotiations with Pacquiao.
Mayweather’s camp demanded the tests be conducted up to 14 days before the planned May 1 bout.
Pacquiao agreed to the random drug tests and offered a 24 day cut-off and a test immediately after the fight, which the American boxer rejected, resulting in the collapse of the negotiations.