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 Last update:  7/5/2011       Read more by Roy Cantelli         
   
Mayweather: Ortiz Could Lead To The Pacquiao Fight
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By Roy Cantelli

Floyd Mayweather will end a 16-month layoff against southpaw Victor Ortiz in September but still hopes to give fans a long-sought showdown with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather, 41-0 with 25 knockouts, will face World Boxing Council welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, 29-2-2 with 22 knockouts, on September 17 at Las Vegas with an eye toward another southpaw, Pacquiao, after that.

“After this fight, if I’m able to negotiate a Pacquiao fight, it could happen,” Mayweather said. “(Ortiz) is a southpaw. That could lead to the Pacquiao fight. If it does or it doesn’t, I’m not going to stop fighting.”

Most of the fights on Mayweather’s agenda are legal ones. He faces three court cases, including charges from an incident with an ex-girlfriend that could bring up to 34 years in prison, plus a defamation lawsuit from Pacquiao.

Asked how that federal lawsuit could affect negotiations for a Pacquiao fight, Mayweather said, “I’m not sure at all.”

“You go through ups and downs in life. If that’s how he feels, things happen. If he wants to go to court for defamation of character, that’s up to him.”

Pacquiao argues that his reputation was damaged when Mayweather accused him of being a dope cheat in his push to have “Pac-Man” take blood tests close to the date of a fight, something the Filipino star has steadfastly refused but something that is also not required by any US boxing oversight group.

“Hopefully Manny Pacquiao steps up to the plate and takes the test so we can fight,” Mayweather said. “I’m waiting for the fight to happen. I’m taking one step at a time.”

Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Victor Ortiz , Mayweather-Ortiz , Mayweather vs Ortiz


 

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comment by badass316, on 07-10-2011
[QUOTE=Brother Jay]What has Manny Pacquiao accomplished?[/quote] http://www.threadbombing.com/data/media/2/687fea91677be9103defb8dc0b97e8b7.gif

comment by badass316, on 07-10-2011
[QUOTE=LeadUppercut]RUBBISH !! 12.48[/quote] Fair point, but he was asked a question. He doesn't go around flaunting he's the best. There's a big difference between the two in my opinion. One guy goes around calling himself the GOAT, while the other one had to be asked. [QUOTE=LeadUpp...

comment by jrich, on 07-07-2011
At last Mayweather will fight against Lady Gaga for the long time of waiting!!!

comment by LeadUppercut, on 07-07-2011
[QUOTE=sweetscience18]Did arum really say manny is greater than ali And then call ali a one handed fighter.[/QUOTE] Yep, he did actually :) But then, he had already stated that Mayweather was better than Ali as well, so? I just completely ignore comments from Arum, but good point.

comment by Hi-Dro, on 07-06-2011
He's just using Manny to sell his fight. He did it against Marquez, and is doing it once again. I doubt he will fight Pacquiao. Mayweather doesn't want to take the test. Pacquiao was ready after he demolished Cotto, yet the Mayweather's were shook of Pac's destructive power, and ability to take a...

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