Photo credit: Floyd Mayweather Jr. Facebook page
MANILA – After days of silence, the Mayweather camp has finally responded to Manny Pacquiao’s call out.
Right after his shutout victory over former WBO light welterweight champion Chris Algieri on Sunday Morning in Macau, the Filipino boxing superstar expressed his intent to face reigning pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“I think I’m ready to fight [him] next year,” Pacquiao told HBO Boxing analyst Max Kellerman.
The Pacquiao camp led by Bob Arum carried on the talks about the much anticipated mega bout during the post-fight press conference that afternoon.
"Frankly, we're tired. I say, enough is enough, let's just make the fight happen." Arum said in front of the media in attendance. "Let's get it done as the next fight for each fighter some time in the first six months of next year. That's our position, and we are going to try to make it happen."
The 82-year old promoter adds that they have done their part from their end, leaving the final decision to “The Money Team.”
"I'll be at the phone. Manny will be at his phone. We're ready."
Two days after the fight, the Mayweather camp finally broke their silence through statements made by none other than the boxer’s father, Floyd Sr.
In a report by ABS-CBN correspondent Bev Llorente, the elder Mayweather first criticized the fight, which he initially claimed he did not get to see.
“I want to be honest with you, I didn’t even see it,” the 62-year old Mayweather said. “The guy just ran, and the guy got knocked down six or seven times.”
But when asked about whether his son is up for the challenge posed by Pacquiao or not, the former super welterweight contender gave an open-ended response.
“Well, when it come, it come, when it don’t come, it don’t come [sic]. Manny is his own man, Floyd is his own man.”