Pacquiao better start focusing all his attention on Timothy Bradley.
Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley made stops in Los Angeles and New York City this past week to build interest for their rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Bradley's WBO Welterweight Championship, which he won in highly controversial fashion over Pacquiao in their first fight nearly two years ago, will be the prize for the victor.
But with all the stories about Pacquiao that keep floating around in the media, you have to question if the Filipino icon has his head in the right place, or if he's overlooking his foe.
By now, if you pay any attention to the world of boxing, or even if you just read this piece on a weekly basis, you’ve heard about Pacquiao's famous attempt to goad Mayweather into a bout by suggesting they compete for charity, according to BoxingScene.com.
Then, while in New York City doing interviews for his upcoming bout with Bradley, Pacquiao was asked by ESPN's Keith Olbermann whether he would ever face Mayweather in the ring.
Per ESPN's Dan Rafael, Pacquiao's response can be boiled down to basically this: If he calls, we'll listen, and we'll fight.
Now, in his defense, he was asked the question. He didn't bring it up and didn't walk into it.
The problem, to these eyes at least, was his answer. He just signed a contract to fight a guy who beat him—granted it was bogus but still—and the fact that he's even entertaining the notion of a fight with someone else is a problem.
If Pacquiao doesn't get by Bradley—and it's not a guarantee he will—then all other potential fights become academic.
Asking fighters a question about their next fight—while training for their upcoming one—is so common that it seems like they’ve all memorized a stock answer meant to duck, dodge and deflect.
You'll usually hear something about not wanting to look ahead, having to take care of business one fight at a time or how they're focused on the guy in front of them.
That's all Pacquiao had to say, and he didn’t.
Here's hoping—for his sake at least—that he isn't looking past Bradley toward anyone else.
If he is, he'll lose.