FIGHTER of the Decade Manny Pacquiao awaits the response of undefeated pound-for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the Filipino’s challenge for the American to face him in the ring in a fight fans have long wanted to see, with all income going to worldwide charities.
Pacquiao pulled off what many consider a masterstroke with his new challenge to Mayweather.
The undefeated boxer derided the eight-division world champion on several occasions recently, claiming that the Filipino was begging for a fight because he had tax issues with both the US Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Internal Revenue in the Philippines.
While Pacquiao’s next opponent hasn’t been decided yet and Mayweather Jr. hasn’t formally announced whether Amir Khan will be his next opponent this May, Pacquiao has effectively outsmarted the American by challenging to fight him, with all the proceeds, including their purses, pay-for-view income and other ancillary revenues to charities around the world.
In an interview with ABS-CBN reporter Dyan Castillejo, Pacquiao scoffed at the claim that he was only looking to fight Mayweather for the money.
“I am willing to fight for charity,” said Pacquiao, adding that depending on Mayweather’s response, fans will know who is willing to fight and who is not.
Pacquiao reiterated he is ready to face Mayweather “anywhere, anytime. Let’s see what his answer will be since he claimed I was desperate for money and I am willing to fight for nothing.”
The eight-division world champion said there should be no problem about his offer to fight Mayweather, with all proceeds going to charity, indicating it should not be a problem for the promoters of both himself and the American boxer.