Floyd Mayweather Jr’s trainer Roger Mayweather has stated that his nephew has to secure a future fight with rival Manny Pacquiao on the eve of the pound for pound king’s next fight announcement on Super Bowl Sunday (as revealed by WBN).
The outspoken coach, who recently named Pacquiao as one of three fighters, along with Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, that he would like Mayweather to face, is of the belief that the Filipino’s recent knockout defeat to Marquez has made no difference as to whether the fight would take place.
“The Pacquiao fight has to happen with Floyd,” Roger told HustleBoss.com.
“People want to see it. People don’t care whether he got knocked out. Floyd will knock him out and that’s the fight they want to see.”
WBC welterweight champion Mayweather, 35, is expected to name mandatory challenger Robert Guerrero as his opponent for his upcoming ‘Cinco de Mayweather’ promotion on May 4, with Saul Alvarez believed to be the only other fighter in the frame.
The Mexican superstar will fight on the date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas either way as chief support, amidst rumors that ‘Canelo’ has been promised a shot at Mayweather in his second outing of the year, currently scheduled for September.
That would mean a potential window for Mayweather v Pacquiao in early 2014, although the ‘Pacman’ would have to come through both of his contests this year unscathed – as a third defeat in a row is unthinkable for the eight-weight champion and could spell the end of his astonishing career.