Reuters: The prospect of a long awaited mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Filipino Manny Pacquiao seemed as distant as ever after the flamboyant American’s fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz.
Though Mayweather improved his perfect professional record to 42-0 by claiming the WBC welterweight title from Ortiz, he was reluctant to commit to the showdown most desired by the boxing world.
“I don’t need Pacquiao,” Mayweather, 34, told reporters after beating Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “With or without Pacquiao, every time Floyd Mayweather goes out there, he’s going to make over $70 million.
“I don’t need him. Where was Pacquiao in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 when I was dominating the game? He never asked me (for a fight) when I was in my twenties or when I was in my teens.”
A duel between the defense-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the two biggest drawcards of their generation, would decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
Five-division world champion Mayweather had been expected to meet Pacquiao last year until negotiations collapsed over the American’s demand for random drug testing.