The world’s premier fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. has given a damning verdict to some rumours that hecould potentially face long-time rival Manny Pacquiao in the future by ruling out the fight whilst the Filipino remains with promoter Bob Arum.
The 36 year-old, who has been linked to a fight with eight-weight champion for over five years, was speaking with Fighthype.com in a spate of video interviews conducted by Ben Thompson at his home in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who notoriously only gives exclusive interviews to Thompson’s boxing website, is set to announce Amir Khan as his May opponent and put to bed any hopes the fans had of him one day sharing the ring with the Top Rank-promoted ‘Pacman.’
“We all know the Pacquiao fight, at this particular time, will never happen, and the reason why the fight won’t happen is because I will never do business with Bob Arum again in my life, and Pacquiao is Bob Arum’s fighter,” explained Mayweather.
“Bob Arum gives Pacquiao a date, whereas Floyd Mayweather gives Floyd Mayweather his own date,” he added.
This latest statement by the pound for pound king seems to be the final nail in the coffin of the mega-money clash as the two best fighter’s of their generation look destined to never duke it out in the ring.
It is surprising given the money that both boxers could make if they penned a contract for the contest, with Mayweather now aiming to close out his career with some lower-key bouts.
‘Money’ has four fights left of his lucrative six-fight Showtime deal which would take him up to equalling Rocky Marciano’s amazing 49-0 record. Only time will tell if Mayweather will attempt to make it 50 and retire with the most impressive unbeaten record of all-time – barring an unimaginable loss, of course, which on current form looks highly unlikely.
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