Manny Pacquiao has called for Floyd Mayweather to fight him, after the unbeaten American branded him 'washed up'.
Pacquiao, who has lost two fights on the bounce, is gearing up for a come-back bout against Brandon Rios, and hopes victory will push him one step closer to a showdown with his long-term nemesis.
Floyd Mayweather on the other hand used the pre-fight press tour for his matchup with Saul Alvarez to play down talk of a fight against Pacquiao.
The 36-year-old American said his would-be opponent was a "has been", and that all interest in an event that at one point could have arguably been the most anticipated fight of all time, had cooled with Pacquiao's defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao though, a former eight-division world champion, responded when recently asked what his thoughts were on Mayweather's comments by stating that he wanted a fight to happen.
"Let's get it on. Fight in the ring," Pacquiao responded. "I mean, whatever you can say. 'My boxing career is done.' Then fight. Try. That's good for you because you can easily beat me in the ring."
Mayweather is busy preparing for what is being billed as the fight of his life against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on September 14, whereas Pacquiao will face off against the aforementioned Brandon Rios on the 23 October this year.
If the pair are both successful then it just may be that the bout that some believed would never come to fruition, might just present itself with the smallest of chances of occuring once more.
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