It may well be five or six years later than hoped but it looks like the world might finally get to see Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, his long time verbal sparring partner, go head-to-head in the boxing ring.
Setting a date
Anticipation concerning the long-awaited bout has been ramped up this week after Mayweather publicly challenged his Filipino nemesis, going so far as to put a date on the prospective fight - May 2nd.
And now Manny Pacquiao has responded to the challenge in typically aggressive fashion.
"He (Mayweather) has reached a dead end," Pacquiao said this weekend.
"He has nowhere to run but to fight me...I will try my best to make this a thrilling and entertaining fight. But I doubt if he's gonna engage me in a slugfest."
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Pacquiao, who has engaged his US counterpart in seemingly endless trash-talking in 2014, had another low blow of his own when commenting on the now likely fight.
"You all know his fighting style. Most of his previous fights, if not all, have induced us to sleep."
Pacquiao will be 36 come May 2nd 2015 but the veteran boxer backed himself to be able to have the physical ability to control the fight against the undefeated Mayweather.
"I know what I have to do. I will chase him wherever he goes just in case he decides to run around the ring. We will devise a good fight plan against him."
Not content with taking a shot at Mayweather's cowardice and "boring" style, Pacquiao ended his repost to the US man's challenge by letting the world know that money was no motivator for him - unlike his potential opponent.
""Mayweather can get the amount he wants. As early as January this year, I challenged him to a charity fight. Until now, he has not agreed to it. So, money is not the issue in our fight,"
"This fight is about legacy, this is about making the fans happy and, above all, this is for the good of boxing."
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