The 34-year-old Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) was most recently knocked onto Queer Street by Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) in December.
In a genuinely scary scene, Pacquiao, who had controversially earned a draw and two conquests over the ballooned Mexican since their initial bout in May 2004, remained motionless on the canvas for several minutes.
As the “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, the Filipino icon is now tentatively slated to battle either Mike Alvarado or Brandon Rios on November 24 at a venue in Macau.
“We’re open to that fight, we’ve always wanted that fight,” Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz told iFilm London.
“Now it’s in Floyd’s court because Manny himself said on our last press tour when we fought [WBO welterweight champion Timothy] Bradley, that he’s willing to accept less. We’re willing to do the blood tests whenever and any kind of testing as long as Floyd does the same and we’re willing to give him 60% and we’ll take 40%. Now it’s all up to Floyd. I don’t hold out my breath over whether that fight is going to happen. I don’t blame Floyd, what his mentality thinking is I’ not sure. But he’s got a few fights left in him, he’s not in the prime of his career and he has a strategy so whatever his strategy is, I’m not sure.”
Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) will throw fists with interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero tomorrow night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A five-division, eight-belt winner who earned The Ring “Fighter of the Year” award in 1998 and 2007, Mayweather is becoming a geriatric whose inactivity and stint behind bars can only work as a hindrance.
Regardless, as the reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather should narrowly outscore the 30-year-old Guerrero (31-1-1-2, 18 KOs) to emerge triumphant this Cinco de Mayo weekend in “Sin City.”
Insane for being “open to that fight,” Manny Pacquiao should place a gag order on Michael Koncz and hope Floyd Mayweather ensures the match never happens.by