Pacquiao: Floyd needs tune up before facing me


Posted at Mar 31 2009 06:53 PM | Updated as of Apr 01 2009 07:44 PM

With talks about Floyd Mayweather Jr. “going unretired”, Manny Pacquiao has shared his thoughts about the return of boxing’s former pound-for-pound king.

There were observations that Mayweather Jr. maybe opting to come out from retirement to challenge Pacquiao, the current ruler of the pound-for-pound list.

Pacquiao said, however, that he thinks it would be wise for “Money” Mayweather Jr. to take it slow once he finally decides to return to the ring again.

"For me -- if I'm Floyd -- I would fight a tune-up fight and then fight me," Pacquiao told Michael David Smith of "That's for me, but I don't know what his plan is. He might want to fight me right away."

Mayweather Jr., who retired undefeated following his victory over Britain’s Ricky Hatton in 2007, is rumored to be “itching” to fight again after reportedly suffering money problems.

Among the possible fights he is reportedly asking is one against Pacquiao, his immediate successor in the pound-for-pound ranks.

Pacquiao said he himself believes Mayweather Jr. will indeed come out of retirement.

"I think he's going to fight again," Pacquiao said. "He's not really retired.”

Pacquiao is currently preparing for his May 2 match up with Hatton, which is considered as his ticket for a fifth world title in another weight class.