Regardless of Manny Pacquiao’s next bout with Chris Algieri scheduled November 22, in Macau, China, a fight he say he’s taking serious. He has made it known that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the guy he really wants. The Filipino boxing icon has continued to voice his opinion in regards to a showdown with the undefeated pound for pound king.
According to The Telegraph, in an article released yesterday, Oct. 27, Pacquiao was mobbed by supporters during a promotional trip to Hong Kong said, “I’m crossing my fingers that the hotly anticipated Mayweather fight could happen in 2015.” It seems lately the questions surrounding the mega-bout are pouring down heavily over the Filipino star, wherever he goes.
“Hopefully, that fight will happen by next year, he said,” “I’m crossing my finger that, that fight will happen next year, but right now my mind is focused on my next fight with Algieri.” “I think the time to talk about that issue (Mayweather) is after the fight.”
Pacquiao said he felt very happy, encouraged and motivated by the support he received in Hong Kong from other Filipinos, who crowded around him and cheered him on in the city streets. He said he was truly surprised to see that many people crowding the streets there in support of him.
It’s no secret that Pacquiao has gone on record saying, he believes Mayweather is ducking him. During an interview he had nearly a year ago on ESPN First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless, he said just that. When asked by Smith, if he thought Mayweather was afraid to fight him? He laughed, shaking his head saying, “Something like that,” meaning—Yes.
Floyd Sr. came out weeks ago saying, “The Pacquiao fight has to happen.” He went on to say “It’s the biggest fight that can be in the history of the sport.” He then said, “Everybody in the world wants to see that fight.” “It’s going to happen,” he said. Those statements he made on FightHype.com stormed social media sites all across the country. It became “buzz of the week” among boxing writers and die-hard fans alike.
Shortly afterwards, Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 27 KO’s) demanded zipped lips throughout TMT and his entire camp, in regards to a future showdown with Team Pacquiao. That too, surfaced around the boxing world and in the minds of some pundits, made Mayweather Jr., look somewhat confused or even slightly scared of the Filipino boxer.
Also during that time, the 37-year-old Mayweather served up taunts against Pacquiao via twitter with pictures of Pacquiao’s brutal knockout, laid face down on the ring canvas from a devastating overhand right from his fourth bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao quickly answered his rival back saying, “Stop the chatter, shut up and fight me.”
The 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) puts his WBO welterweight title on the line against the younger Algieri (20-0, 8 KO’s) next month. Algieri earned this fight after a tough decision win over the hard-hitting Russian light welterweight champion Ruslan Provondnikov. Algieri showed heart and was able to continue fighting to pull off a victory, even after suffering bad swelling from a contusion under the right eye which occurred early in fight a few months ago back in June.
Manny Pacquiao is making it known that he is not taking Chris Algieri lightly or by no means looking past him, but continues to say it’s Mayweather he wants and said, “Hopefully both sides can come to an agreement immediately after his upcoming bout with Algieri.” “In 2015, I want Floyd Mayweather Jr., there’s no other way to put that,” said the Filipino champion.