Floyd Mayweather Jr. Rules Out Manny Pacquiao for his Next Fight on May 3
- Onchie Ebriega
- Dec 04, 2013 09:56 AM EST
Floyd Mayweather Jr. said he's going to unveil his next opponent next week, and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao is apparently not included on the list of his possible foes.
In an interview with boxing reporter David Mayo, Mayweather talked about his plan to finalize his next opponent for next year's showdown. The pound-for-pound king said he hasn't been thinking about boxing for quite some time, but he promised to give the name of his next foe probably next week.
"Next week. I'm looking forward to next week," Mayweather told Mayo via Boxing Scene. "But as for me, right now, I'm not thinking about boxing."
Amir Khan Fight Coming?
After his sensational wins over Robert Guerrero and Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2013, Mayweather is scheduled to return in the ring on May 3 in Las Vegas, Nevada against a still unnamed opposition.
According to latest rumors, Mayweather will likely pick Great Britain's top welterweight Amir Khan as his next opponent. Khan, who's originally scheduled to face Devon Alexander this December, emerged as the frontrunner to fight Mayweather because of his huge fan base in the United Kingdom.
Floyd Mayweather Sr., the father and head trainer of Money May, does not consider Khan a worthy opponent, though he thought his son deserves an easy fight with Khan after going against bigger opponents for the past couple of years.
"He [Amir Khan] really don't deserve a fight with Floyd, but you know what, hey I think all these tough guys and champions who Floyd has fought over the years I think Floyd deserves an easy arse fight like Amir Khan," Mayweather Sr. said in a previous interview with Chris Robinson.
Manny Pacquiao - The Who?
The possibility of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rumble on Cinco de Mayo may not happen at all after the pound-for-pound king indirectly ruled out the Saranggani fighting congressman from his choices.
Mayo reportedly asked Mayweather if Pacquiao made it to his shortlist of possible foes. However, the Grand Rapids native only replied with one but meaningful word - "Who?"
Pacquiao, who's coming off a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macau, China, is widely viewed by boxing writers and fans as the only legitimate boxer capable of beating Mayweather inside the squared circle.
Unfortunately, the fight of the century between the two biggest names in boxing has yet to materialize because of the ongoing rift between Pacquiao's handler Top-Rank Promotions and Money May's promoter Golden Boy Promotions, along with the dispute between cable giants HBO and Showtime.