Floyd Mayweather was in a giving mood Wednesday afternoon, donating $100,000 to the Southern Nevada affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast cancer research and support foundation.
But while the Las Vegan had media members’ attention at the gym bearing his name, he also made sure that everyone knew what he really wants to donate is the dream fight that boxing fans around the world have clamored for, for nearly three years — a megabout with fellow pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.
“Let’s give the world and the fans what they really want to see. People all around the world want to see Mayweather versus Pacquiao — that’s a fight I really, really want,” said Mayweather, who was decked out in a pink sweater as a sign of support in the fight against breast cancer.
The 34-year-old Mayweather, who goes by the nickname “Money,” had promised a judge during his December sentencing in a domestic battery case against his former girlfriend that he would make the substantial donation.
“My dad’s sister died of cancer. Every since I’ve been young it’s always been about giving back if I’m in the position to give back,” Mayweather said. “It’s not always about giving back financially, it’s about giving back time as well. Not jus to breast cancer, but anything that is positive. It’s a fight, but it’s worth it.”
Mayweather and his advisor Leonard Ellerbe spent a half hour on Wednesday reiterating why they think the richest fight in boxing history hasn’t been made.
“I guess he’s said he agreed to fight. The only thing I truly believe is stopping the fight is Bob Arum,” said Mayweather, the WBC welterweight champ who has a perfect 42-0 record.
“It really hasn’t been me. The only thing I’ve been asking for is I want to be treated fair. With me being the face of boxing the only thing I’m asking is just if you’re the best take the test. (Pacquiao) agreed and said he would take the random blood and random urine test. So let’s make the fight happen.”
Ellerbe said that Mayweather—who was to start serving his 90 days in jail for misdemeanor domestic violence charges on Jan. 6, but received a delayed sentence from Judge Melissa Saragosa until June 1—can only fight on May 5 according to terms of his sentencing.
But Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said he would be willing to fight later in May so that a temporary 40,000-seat stadium on the Strip could be constructed to accommodate a larger crowd and secure more profits.
Mayweather scoffed at that notion and said it was just another tired excuse out of the Top Rank camp.
“Then there’s excuses about them needing to build an arena. As far as I feel we can make this fight in a parking lot. People are going to come out and pay. This is the fight of the century,” said Mayweather who has always been a fan of fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend, and set boxing’s pay-per-view record with 2.45 million buys on May 5, 2007.
Ellerbe chimed in, saying Arum will use whatever tactics necessary to avoid fighting against the former boxer he helped promote.
“When they thought that Floyd was reporting (to jail), Manny was available to fight on May 5. There was no cut issue,” he said. “Then when the judge gave Floyd the opportunity to push that back and he was able to fight on May 5, it was a whole another excuse.”
Mayweather reiterated that the only fight he wanted was one against Pacquiao, but said if the two sides couldn’t come up with an agreement he would have to find another opponent for his May 5 date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“There have been a few names thrown out there. But as far as the guy they’re saying, “The Ghost” (Robert Guerrero) absolutely not. I’m not going to give the fans nothing like that,” Mayweather said.
“I think (Miguel) Cotto is a very good matchup, but once again, if I fight Cotto the fans will say that’s Pacquiao’s leftovers. I think (Saul “Canelo” Alvarez) Canelo would be a big bout, but I think he needs to get a little more experience under his belt and then eventually we could make that fight happen down the line.”
Mayweather even said he would take on middleweight Sergio Martinez if he dropped down in weight.
“If Sergio Martinez can make 150, we can make the fight, absolutely,” Mayweather said. “I’m a little different from the other guys. I think he has a very, very impressive style,” Mayweather said.
In the end, Mayweather says its up to Pacquiao to persuade his promoter to make the fight.
“He has to tell the world in front of his promoter that I don’t want to fight anybody else but Floyd Mayweather. Cause I don’t want to fight anybody else but Pacquiao,” Mayweather said.