By Troy Sparks
In a statement from Manny Pacquiao, he called out Floyd Mayweather to bring the undefeated boxer out of hiding.
"I hope Mayweather is serious enough in doing business with Don King and is not doing this only to save face," the statement from Philboxing.com from the Philppines said.
"I hope Don King does the same in return, that he can make miracles happen.
"I say this to both these men: Let's get it on."
That's really a bold statement coming from Pacquiao himself.
I guess he's tired of playing games with Mayweather.
In essence, if there's a dispute of who's the pound-for-pound king, let both men prove it in the ring, and may the best man win.
The statement from Pacquiao continued: "Fight like warriors and brave men. I am the champion. I have the belts, and I should not be the one challenging you. I should not be the one trying to make this fight happen. But Pacquiao vs. Mayweather is what everyone wants. That's why I am calling out your names (Mayweather, King).
"My promoter, Bob Arum, will be waiting for your call and will be very glad to hear what you have to say. The sooner, the better.
"This is only one way to prove his greatness, and that is to face me. I should be ready by November."
The statement by Pacquiao should wake Mayweather the heck up.
Mayweather once had the upper hand in the purse split, which he would've received 60 percent of the money and Pacquiao getting 40. If this deal goes through, the purse may be split down the middle.
There also may be the agreed-upon 14-day cutoff before the scheduled fight for blood testing.
It doesn't appear that the superfight will happen this year.
Where does that leave Antonio Margarito if Pac-Man decides to pass on him to wait for the negotiations with Mayweather?
As it stands, Arum, who promote both Pacquiao and Margarito, is making plans for the November 13 match with the two fighters.
Margarito isn't licensed to fight in the U.S., but a possible venue for his bout with Pacquiao, if it happens, will be in Texas.
It makes Margarito feel like he's been on a cheap date.
Pacquiao's camp know their negotiations with Team Mayweather has no legs unless King gets involved.
We don't want to hear any more debates of whether Mayweather is running from Pacquiao, or vice versa.
We're waiting for these two camps, with or without King, to come to the table so the fight can proceed.
Pacquiao and Mayweather can then lace on the gloves and punch the lights out of each other.
The talking is over. Make the fight happen.
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