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Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: ESPN commentator convinced one fighter not interested

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On Friday, December 12, in San Antonio, Texas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. finally broke his unusually long period of silence and informed anxious fight fans everywhere of his intentions concerning the eight division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, for 2015.

"I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao," stated the pound for pound king of boxing.

"We tried to make that fight happen years ago, but we had problems with the random blood and urine testing. Like I said, I just want to be on a level playing field."

"Now he (Manny Pacquiao) is in a very, very tight situation. He's lost to Marquez...he's lost to Bradley and his PPV numbers are extremely low, so he's desperate."

"I've been wanting this fight for a very long time, and I'm just waiting for them. Of course we have to have the fight on Showtime PPV because Showtime Championship Boxing is number one, and will continue to be number one. And I'm the man, and I'm here to stay."

"Now it's time for us to talk. We want the fight. We're ready. Let's make it happen...May 2nd!! Mayweather versus Pacquiao, Let's do it!!

On ESPN's popular morning show, "First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless", the Dallas, Texas, based television personality and journalist questioned the sincerity of Floyd's "May 2nd" claim and willingness to face the Filipino icon.

"I don't believe him," stated ESPN commentator Skip Bayless. "I'm not buying this for one second."

"You know what happened, and I know what happened. Floyd Mayweather Jr. got publicly shamed into finally saying that he the finally wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao."

"And then of course he began to drop hint, after hint, after hint that he will continue to make outrageously unrealistic demands that will forever keep this fight from happening. "

Run, Floyd...run."

"I'm not buying May 2nd."

I'm not buying it when he says that he legitimately attempted to make this fight happen years ago."

"Now he's saying that Pacquiao's desperate. While Pacquiao's PPV numbers have indeed been soft in recent fights, Mayweather's have also plummeted."

"So I think they're equally desperate at this time, and I think this fight could be very easy to make right now if Floyd really, really wanted it to happen."

"This fight could be made tomorrow for May 2nd if Floyd really wanted it to happen."

Is Floyd Mayweather merely attempting to stoke his fan base with empty claims? Or does the perceived best fighter in boxing genuinely want to face Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd of next year?


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