'Marquez 5' not yet sure, says Pacman
MANILA, Philippines – If Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to offer excuses, then they won't have any superfight, according to fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao recently signed a 2-year contract extension with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, a move seen to block a supposed lucrative bout with Mayweather, who refused to work with the veteran boxing promoter.
But the 8-division boxing champion said Mayweather is just using Arum as an excuse to decline their superfight.
“Lagi na lang man syang may dahilan eh. Hindi naman ito pera pera at dalawa lang naman kami sa ibabaw ng ring maglalaban. Ibigay na lang ang gusto ng fans,” said Pacquiao in an interview with ABS-CBN Gensan's Francis Canlas.
Pacquiao said he has decided to maintain his working relationship with Arum because the promoter has been good to him.
Under Arum’s promotional outfit, the Filipino boxer has seen multimillion-dollar fights against some of the sports’ biggest stars including Miguel Cotto, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao’s contract with Arum will last until the end of 2016.
“Naging masaya naman ako kay Bob Arum at ang laki ng utang na loob ko sa kanya. Binabalik ko lang,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he is not yet sure if he will have another fight against Marquez, who won their last face-off via a stunning knockout victory.
Pacquiao said he is willing to face Marquez as long as they are still fit to fight each other.
“Wala pa, wala pa talaga kung sino makakalaban ko… baka sa sunod kung kaya n’ya pa at kaya ko pang magboksing why not.”