Mayweather: Ortiz Could Lead To The Pacquiao Fight

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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by badass316 on 07-10-2011

[QUOTE=Brother Jay;10800107]What has Manny Pacquiao accomplished?[/quote] [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by badass316 on 07-10-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;10799974]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…

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;10800212]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…

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…

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