Finances and drug testing protocols have long been roadblocks to cementing an absurdly lucrative clash between the 36-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs).
Unsurprisingly, Mayweather has now added that he refuses to negotiate with the team of Pacquiao and promoter Bob Arum.
“Floyd has also been saying that he will only fight me if I separate from Top Rank and Bob Arum,” said Pacquiao, 35, who was named the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s. “That’s impossible because my contract is still valid this year. That means, if I don’t renew my contract, we can talk next year. Floyd has been telling the whole world this and that’s okay with me.”
The WBC recently installed Pacquiao as the top contender for Mayweather’s welterweight belt.
As the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather can face any opponent on May 3.
However, following the springtime bout, “Pretty Boy” may be obligated to battle Pacquiao or possibly be forced to relinquish the crown.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is tentatively slated to scrap on April 12 against an unnamed opponent at a venue to be determined in the United States.
“The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” earned a lopsided unanimous decision over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios to capture the WBO international welterweight title in November.
Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, Pacquiao peppered the 27-year-old Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) with brilliant combinations that left “Bam Bam” bruised, cut and swollen.
Although a bit more cautious and reserved, Pacquiao remains an overwhelming force in the squared circle.
Comparatively, a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic, Mayweather seems destined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and retire as an unbeaten champion.
If Mayweather and Pacquiao both prevail in their upcoming contests, the duo should “talk” prior to “next year.”