Pacquiao: Mayweather 2 date, venues emerge as opponent shortlist is revealed

Nick Giongco 19/09/2018

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Manny Pacquiao has a chilling message to Floyd Mayweather: You can run but you can’t hide.

As both camps burn the midnight oil in getting a deal in place for a rematch being eyed for Dec. 8, Pacquiao expressed to a handful of beat writers early Tuesday morning that he is savoring the prospects of getting a chance to get even with the brash and unbeaten American fighter.

“We’ll see how he plans to use the entire ring,” said Pacquiao, vowing to force Mayweather to work every second of the round.

Last Saturday in Tokyo, Pacquiao and Mayweather ran into each other during a music festival. The trash-talking Mayweather took the opportunity to diss the Filipino legend.

“He kept on saying ‘easy fight,’” added Pacquiao.

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Pacquiao, who turns 40 on Dec. 17, said Mayweather was in his element during the meetup and the Michigan-born 1996 Atlanta Olympian looked serious in challenging him to a second meeting that will likely take place in boxing’s biggest stage, Las Vegas.

“We’ll be finalizing this week. Either Mayweather or somebody else, where and when, what date,” said Pacquiao, who plans to kick off the pre-conditioning phase of his preparation by doing morning roadwork next week.

“There’s also Amir Khan, Terence Crawford and Adrien Broner.”


“We met in Japan at an event, it’s a big fight. We just ran with Mayweather in Japan and the reaction of the fans was so big.

“Maybe we can do the fight in Tokyo.”

Pacquiao beat up Lucas Matthysse of Argentina in his last fight last July in Kuala Lumpur. Mayweather, 41, stopped MMA specialist Conor McGregor in August last year.

Mayweather is coming over Tuesday or anytime this week for some business matters but might end up closing a deal with Pacquiao.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco, Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks