MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather can understand why Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao wants to personally meet with him and discuss a potential multi-million dollar showdown.
It was reported last week that Pacquiao will travel to the United States this week for a family vacation, and is hoping to have a meeting with Mayweather.
Speaking to Fight Hype, Mayweather did not directly address his meeting with Pacquiao or even confirmed that it would take place.
But he noted that he understands why the Filipino boxer would want to meet with him.
“My thing is, you know, I don’t really like to get into anyone’s financial business, because I don’t really want anyone in my financial business,” Mayweather said, obviously referring to the tax problems hounding Pacquiao both in the Philippines and in the United States.
“You know, from what I hear… He has problems, some real, real big problems, you know? It’s three letters, and the first one begins with an ‘I,’” added Mayweather, referring to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
It was reported last week that Pacquiao owed the IRS over $18 billion, aside from the P2.2 billion that he owes the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines.
“Would I be trying to get a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather if I’m in a very, very bad predicament, from what I hear?” Mayweather asked. “Absolutely, I would.”
A Pacquiao-Mayweather bout is still among the richest fights that can be made in boxing, even though interest in the match-up has waned over recent years due in part to Pacquiao’s recent losing streak.
Mayweather has remained coy about a potential fight against Pacquiao, however, and has still not named his opponent for his next fight, scheduled for May 2014.
“I don’t really know what the future holds for me. It’s different names that everyone keeps hearing about,” said Mayweather.