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Pacquiao: I Don't Really Need The Mayweather Fight!

By Keith Idec

A day after Manny Pacquiao seemed slightly more optimistic than usual about the possibility of finally facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year, Mayweather downplayed the idea.

“I spoke on that situation enough,” Mayweather said during on a conference call to promote his Sept. 17 welterweight title fight against Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas. “There’s no need for me to even speak on it. It’s useless. If the guy wanted the fight, he could’ve had the fight already.”

Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) was referring to the drug-testing issue that is one of numerous reasons the highly anticipated bout between him and Pacquiao hasn’t occurred.

Pacquiao acknowledged Tuesday at a press conference in New York that Mayweather’s fight against the left-handed Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) appeared to indicate Mayweather’s willingness to seriously considering Pacquiao as his next opponent. Of course, Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) would have to beat Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) in their third fight Nov. 12 in Las Vegas and Mayweather would need to overcome Ortiz for the Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown to happen next.

Pacquiao, 32, has stated that he’ll continue fighting after facing Marquez in two months. The 34-year-old Mayweather, meanwhile, hasn’t committed to continuing his career beyond the Ortiz fight.

“For me, I don’t really need that fight,” Pacquiao said regarding the Mayweather match. “If that fight happens, well, it’s good because that’s what the fans want. If that fight doesn’t happen, I’m also happy because I’m already satisfied with what I have done in boxing.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, NJ., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 09-10-2011

[QUOTE=IIocano;11111522]surely the.fighter of the decade doesnt need.to bow down to the demands of a 3rd place.[/QUOTE] Agreed, pacroid should take the test. But Pac aint third, stop nut-hugging.

Comment by WESS on 09-10-2011

[QUOTE=el salsalero;11111548]" [B]I never said Pac is next at all[/B].":lol1: Pac give it up already, KFC will hide and duck from you no matter what. LOL! he's got a fight lined up for him in 2012.[/QUOTE] You have been informed.…

Comment by el salsalero on 09-10-2011

" I never said Pac is next at all.":lol1: Pac give it up already, KFC will hide and duck from you no matter what. LOL! he's got a fight lined up for him in 2012.

Comment by IIocano on 09-10-2011

surely the.fighter of the decade doesnt need.to bow down to the demands of a 3rd place.

Comment by LeadUppercut on 09-09-2011

[QUOTE=Fetta;11108452]I see floyd out there calling out pac to take test and fightevery chance he gets. But then I read pac saying he will agree finally but there may be a money issue now. About a year agofloyd said he…

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