"My oldest kid (Emmanuel Jr.) is 11 years old and he said, 'Daddy, I want you to retire, but before you retire I have one request. You fight Mayweather, you beat him and then you retire,'" the WBO welterweight champion told a news conference.
"I want that fight to happen," admitted Pacquiao.
So, for all of you keeping track at home or have been paying attention to the drama surrounding this potential fight, Emmanuel Jr. was the key to this fight.
It wasn’t Pacquiao’s manager, or all of Mayweather’s taunts via Twitter and none of the boxing writing community could entice “Pac-Man” to fight “Money May.” None of those factors were enough to push Pacquiao into the ring against Mayweather.
Instead, all that it took for boxing fans to potentially see this fight was Emmanuel Jr. telling his dad to do this match.
This is all well and good; however, there are two factors that still stand in the way of this fight taking place.
For starters, both Pacquiao and Mayweather have other opponents before a date could be reached. Mayweather has a fight against Miguel Cotto on May 5, and Pacquiao has a match against junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on June 9.
Second, Mayweather has a 90-day prison sentence that he has to serve from his Las Vegas domestic violence case. He will begin to serve his time on June 1, with a release date of Sept. 1.
So from those two factors, it looks like the earliest date that this fight could happen isn’t until the end of November. Who knows what could happen in the meantime?
Maybe Emmanuel Jr. is finally the voice of reason that pushes Pacquaio into accepting all of Mayweather’s demands of the fight. Pacquaio has said that he’s willing to accept a 50-50 split (of the revenues) and whatever blood testing Mayweather wants.
The time is running out for this dream fight to happen, as Pacquaio has said, “I have maybe two, three more fights, hopefully, he [Mayweather] will fight before I retire. I'm hoping for a November fight."
Maybe, just maybe, we will finally see these two step into a ring to give boxing fans a definitive answer of who is the better fighter.