Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. has poured scorn on the possibility of a 2014 superfight with Manny Pacquiao, insisting that he is under no obligation to make the fight boxing fans have been clamouring for throughout most of the last three years.
Mayweather is currently on a four-city visit of South Africa and used the opportunity to field questions on a rumoured bid from Pacquaio to finally secure a mega-money bout with the unbeaten light-middleweight king.
Pacquiao is currently campaigning to meet Mayweather in the ring but the five-division world champion feels he s the proven premier draw in the fight world, sharing his belief that the Filipino's attempts to force arguably the biggest pay-per-view draw in boxing history reeks of desperation.
'Money' told USA Today: "I offered Manny Pacquiao the fight before, but we didn't see eye to eye on terms. Years later we come back and I try and make the fight happen again. I offer him $40 million. He said he wanted 50-50. So we didn't make the fight happen.
"All of a sudden, he loses to Timothy Bradley, he loses to Marquez … he has tax problems now. So, two losses and tax problems later, now he all of a sudden want to say: 'You know what? I'd do anything to make the fight happen.
"When he's really saying: 'Floyd, can you help me solve my tax problems, get me out of debt?"
Pac Man is hopeful of taking on Mayweather after rolling the back the years with a sensational performance in his last bout, rebounding from successive defeats with a clinical demolition job on Brandon Rios.
Taking on Mayweather would represent a whole different proposition though both professionally and financially, with 'Money' earning a guaranteed purse of $41.5m on top of record pay-per-view sales for his work last September in a comfortable 45th successive win over Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
The identity of Mayweather's next opponent remains very much open to debate, with Pacquaio mentioned alongside Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana rumoured options for a May 3rd date.