Pacquiao refuses to call Mayweather out despite fight presence
Upon regaining his status as a world champion, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao gave a coy interview in the aftermath of his Las Vegas encounter on Saturday night.
Despite Floyd Mayweather making a very public statement to be ringside at Pacquiao’s fight amidst speculation of a comeback, Pacquiao refused to namedrop the ‘Money’ man in his post-bout pleasantries.
“I feel good because every round I was trying to knock him down. That’s why I’m always aggressive,” Pacquiao told Top Rank’s Stephen A. Smith after the Jessie Vargas win.
“I was very careful to go inside because I know he is a great counter-puncher. But I feel I can do more and my aim every round was to knock him out.
“After this, I am going back to the Philippines to work in the Senator’s office. About my next fight? – I’ll talk to Bob (Arum).”
Pushed by Smith to call somebody out, Pacquiao replied: “I don’t know, whoever the people want me to fight. I’m okay with that. I’m not picking any opponent out. Whoever my promoter gives to me I will fight. I want anybody at 147.”
Smith then mentioned Terence Crawford, who was also at the Thomas & Mack Center, to which the Filipino answered: “Moving down to 140 is better for me,” without sounding too convincing.
Mayweather v Pacquiao II is firmly hitting the headlines to possibly take place two years after their first bout in May next year, although fans can expect some considerable denials before anything concrete is eventually made public.