MANILA, Philippines – The much anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather megafight is unlikely to happen in 2012.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. strongly believes that after his bout against Miguel Cotto in May, there is very little chance that he and Manny Pacquiao will meet in the ring this year.
“No, I don’t think it is going to happen,” Mayweather told The Los Angeles Times when asked about the megafight that every boxing fan has been waiting for.
Several disagreements have barred the fight from happening including demands from Mayweather’s camp for Pacquiao to take drug tests which the latter initially was apprehensive about but later on agreed to. Mayweather’s camp also wanted a larger share of the revenue over the proposed 50-50 split.
Despite all this, the undefeated American boxer blames Pacman’s promoter for the fruitless negotiations, “It’s because of Bob Arum. It’s not my fault,” he said.
Arum himself said earlier this month that a fight this year is unlikely.
Pacquiao is set to face Timothy Bradley in June. His trainer, Freddie Roach, thinks the next logical move is to set a date with Mayweather in the ring.
“There’s nowhere else for them to go,” he said.
Floyd’s uncle and chief cornerman Roger Mayweather echoes Roach’s sentiments and added that his nephew will have no problem taking down the Pambansang Kamao.
“Why wouldn’t you? There ain’t no way that guy lasts five rounds against my nephew,” he said. – Rappler.com