By Lem Satterfield
During Manny Pacquiao's recent media tour to promote the upcoming fight with Shane Mosley, scheduled for May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, we asked him the inevitable and inescapable question about the prospect of a mega fight with unbeaten, six-time champion, Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs).
"You know, I'm not picking my opponents. But if that fight were to happen, that would be good. And I will fight. I will fight," said Pacquiao.
"That would not only be good for me, but it would be good for the sake of the people," said Pacquiao. "People want that fight. The fans are always asking me about that fight."
Mayweather turned pro with Top Rank Promotions in 1996, but angrily severed ties with Arum's company in 2006.
Since then, Mayweather has aligned himself with rival promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, which has worked his past four victories comprised of those over Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Mosley.
Starting with De La Hoya, Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, told FanHouse that Mayweather "has made over $120 million" with the promotional company.
Pacquiao's promoter, Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, told reporters in Las Vegas that he is also keen on making the bout with Mayweather, perhaps in November, should Pacquiao defeat Mosley.
"Floyd is still our number one priority," said Arum. "We want to find out if he's available or what his legal status is," said Arum. "Right now I have no idea."
Among boxing's riches and most recognizable figures, the 33-year-old Mayweather has been dogged in recent years by legal troubles, allegations of violence at home and at Las Vegas clubs.
Mayweather was last in the ring for May's HBO pay per view televised lopsided, unanimous decision over Mosley, but won't face trial until at least April 25 on a misdemeanor charge in a November scuffle with a security guard outside Mayweather's Las Vegas home.
That will be after a March 10 evidence hearing on an unrelated felony domestic violence case that could get the undefeated prizefighter 34 years in prison.
The misdemeanor case stems from allegations that the six-time champion poked a 21-year-old homeowners association guard in the face during an argument about parking tickets. Mayweather's attorneys have denied wrongdoing on his behalf.
Negotiations between Arum and Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Mayweather have twice reached an impasse over the notion of Olympic style drug testing.
Olympic style drug testing involves blood and urine, whereas boxing's current protocol involves only testing urine for illegal drugs.
For the first time in the sport's history, Mayweather and Mosley were subject to Olympic style drug testing of both blood and urine for their clash by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Pacquiao has filed an ongoing lawsuit which seeks compensatory and punitive damages for defamation of character and which names names Mayweather, Golden Boy Promotions president, De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and Mayweather's uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, for their alleged accusations of steroid use by Pacquiao.
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.
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