WBC names Pacquiao as Mayweather's mandatory challenger

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Monday, December 16, 2013

THE idea of a dream bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. resurfaced after the Filipino superstar was declared as the No. 1 ranked welterweight in the World Boxing Council (WBC) following an impressive one-sided beating of Brandon Rios in Macau last month.

Mayweather Jr. is the current WBC welterweight titleholder, which makes Pacquiao his mandatory challenger.

Despite the move of the WBC to help make the much-awaited fight that the boxing fans are itching to witness, Mayweather Jr. and Golden Boy Promotions believe that it is far from happening.

“Floyd Mayweather is at the level now (that) he can come out with his world championship belt,” Mayweather Jr. said in a video interview posted at Fighthype.com.

Mayweather Jr. compared his past performances with Pacquiao’s and said he feels that the 34-year-old congressman still doesn’t deserve a shot at him because he has lost back-to-back fights to Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley, before beating Rios. Mayweather believes is a lightweight.

“I’m 45-0 throughout my professional career, and like I always said before, I’m going
to say it again, you put them in front of me, I’ll beat them.”

Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. tried to make the super fight happen numerous times but the negotiations always bogged down because of different reasons.

There are no indications that Mayweather Jr. is interested to face Pacquiao at all, not even in a mandatory title defense.

“You have to realize this, everybody kept talking about the title, he’s mandatory. He can have the belt. A belt doesn’t make me,” he said.

Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to return to action in May 3 with no opponent yet as of the moment. One thing’s for sure though, Pacquiao won’t be included in Mayweather Jr.’s list of possible foes.

“Manny Pacquiao for Floyd Mayweather at this point is an opponent,” GBP CEO Richard Schaefer told Boxingscene.com. “I’m not going to talk about that because it’s not going to happen. I have no interest to deal with or talk about Bob Arum.”

GBP and Mayweather Promotions promote Mayweather Jr., while Pacquiao is promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

GBP and Top Rank are currently in a promotional war, in which both companies refuse to co-promote boxing events.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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