The usual whispers that Floyd Mayweather is already planning to bow out of the sport with a massive bout against long-time rival Manny Pacquiao have raised their heads again this week.
Mayweather, 37, was asked to respond to several reports, which were allegedly backed up by Top Rank boss Bob Arum, that Pacquiao has been in contact with ‘Money’ about the possibility of an encounter next year.
“Not true,” Mayweather said. “I can’t say what the future holds, but Arum and Pacquiao is trying to sell tickets for (his fight with) the guy named Algieri. Trying to sell tickets for that fight. I don’t know where they fighting, I don’t know anything about what Top Rank is doing.”
Whether there was firm interest in facing Pacquiao was another question fired at Mayweather, although the current two-weight champion wouldn’t be drawn on which fighter may be his future opponent.
“I don’t really focus on who I might fight next, or how many times I’ll fight. But my job is to take it one fight at a time. We’ll see how it plays out on Sept. 13 and go from there.
“One day I want to go into the Hall of Fame, not as one of the all-time best, but the best. Nobody can solve the May-Vinci code,” he added.
Amir Khan and Danny Garcia are said to be early front runners to be in the opposite corner when Mayweather fights again next May, but this weekend’s foe Marcos Maidana hopes to put a spanner in the works beforehand.
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