Mayweather phones Pacquiao after calling him out

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LOS ANGELES—Floyd Mayweather has spoken to Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao by telephone to discuss a possible megafight next May, advisers to each fighter confirmed to several media outlets on Thursday.

Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe confirmed the call to ESPN while Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum did the same to BoxingScene.com and Pacquiao himself talked with ABS-CBN in the Philippines about the short conversation.

The Filipino report quoted Pacquiao as saying there would be no problem if Mayweather would agree to a 50-50 split of income from what is expected to be the richest fight in boxing history — if it ever comes off.

Unbeaten US star Mayweather and Pacquiao, regarded as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, nearly made a deal for a fight once before but the American’s insistence on unique anti-doping blood tests helped kill the talks.

This time, Mayweather has a May 5 date booked at a Las Vegas arena while Pacquiao’s promoter wants a late May date to assemble a huge outdoor arena so for tickets can be sold to boost profits as much as $50 million.

“Floyd wants to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5 and he went as far as to reach out to Manny Pacquiao personally,” Ellerbe said.

Ellerbe told ESPN that Mayweather called from Las Vegas to the Philippines after earlier this month calling out southpaw Pacquiao on Twitter, taunting “Step Up, Punk” to the world welterweight champion.

Mayweather has spoken with Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz several times in recent weeks, according to all reports.

Pacquiao, 54-3 with two drawn and 32 knockouts, has won his past 15 fights over a span of nearly seven years while Mayweather, 42-0 with 26 knockouts, must serve a 90-day jail sentence starting June 1 after a domestic violence conviction.

Arum said that the issue of who Pacquiao would next fight would be resolved this coming week.

Arum presented four other possible foes for “Pac-Man” as next opponents, including Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto and Americans Lamont Peterson, Tim Bradley and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OZTV35XVAONAVOCK5YZNCSCTRE Katie Kat

    I would suggest that the fight should be made in June. Its very obvious that Mayweather needs the money before going to jail. Its very obvious. He has been evading this fight then suddenly after  his conviction he challenges Pacquiao. Maywether desperately needs the money!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    50-50 share.  Does Mayweather deserve the split?  Why did Pacquiao agree to such a deal? 

  • http://twitter.com/Anton0613 anton

    Mabuti naman silang dalawa na ang nag-usap, kasi kung si Arum lang, gusto muna niyang gatasan si Pacquiao bago lumaban kay Mayweather kasi alam ni Arum na yung laban ng dalawa ay baka yun na ang huling laban ni Manny.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      Siguro nahirapan si Mayweather maintindihan ang English ni Manny.  Dapat ang kinausap si Aling Dionisia.

  • Anonymous

    bwaaahhhh! dati ayaw lumaban binansagan gayweather katakotakot na batikos ngaun ung bakla na nghahamon tinawagan pa c pacman pra malaman kung ano ba ang gus2 pra ma2loy ang laban kung ano ano pa din ang masasabi bwaahhhhh pinoy talaga sala sa init sala sa lamig kaya purdoy pa din ang bansa ntin can’t stand the truth hahaha! for info i believe mayweather have nothing against pacman but more on BOB ARUM! c arum lng talaga hadlang waaaaaaaahhhhhh!

  • Anonymous

    Floyd is so desperate and so insecure. Nahalata din niya na hindi siya pinapansin ni Manny so he has to make a personal call……..”FOR WHAT” ?? Did he really think that calling Manny was a big deal ? Manigas siya !! He got his chace and he blew it !! Ngayon, just like any other boxers worth their salt, maghintay siya sa kung ano man ang kahihinatnan ng negosasyon patungkol sa laban na ito…..kung magkaka-totoo man.
    Eat your heart out, Floyd !! Maglaway ka sa pera ni Manny because that is how near you will ever get until you learn to shut your mouth up !!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EE6VYCFTB5TU7JEGUWKMFCGP6Q Norberto

      Agree ako diyan brad,at saka hindi naman formal  na sa telepono lang pag-usapan ang laban.Kung talagang serious at gusto niyang kalabanin si Pacquiao bakit hindi isama young kanyang representatives at makipagusap ng maayos kay Bob Arum.Yung announcement na May 12,2012 ang kampo lang ni mayweather ang nagplano together ng mga demands about drug testing and some conditions. Just like saying; Pacquiao this is Mayweather,whether you like or not you fight me on May 12, 2012.hindi puwiding ganyan.Anong akala nila sa promoter ni Pacman,stupid?Para ma set-up  ang laban,dapat makipagnegotiate ng formalan ang kampo ni mayweather kay Bob Arum na kailangan ay serious na usapan at walang halong bullshit na mga demands.just simple as that.Si Pacquiao ay kailan man handang lumaban kay Mayweather.The latter is just playing game.his just like a barking dog,that when confronted,he hide his tail in between his legs.

  • Anonymous

    I still don’t buy it. The fight will not happen just yet. Perhaps at the end of year.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/K9ziIkMckJsUvr9eUNi_V6s8peULww--#b7944 tomas f. agulto

    manalo o matalo si paquiao kay mayweather, made na siya. Ang kailangang maghanda ay mga pilipino kung sakaling matalo si pambansang kamao. napakababaw ng isip ng mga pinoy, nagogoyo tayo ng media at mga commercial boxing moguls na karangalan ng pilipinas ang isang taong malakas manuntok, e paano kung matalo?  kahiya hiya ba ang pilipinas pag natalo si paquiao?     

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you na madami pa din ang mababaw mgisip ng iba ntin kababayan! madami factor dyan pro win or lose we should be proud pa din  kay pacman!

  • Anonymous

    bet you called to beg for mercy, Floyd.

  • Anonymous

    magde-date sila ngayong valentines.

  • Anonymous

    ayan, kumasa na si manny…tatahimik na yang si mayweather at manginginig na sa takot…LOL

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