Pacquiao Says Mayweather Needs Him

Seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao has not been shy about his desire to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the Filipino congressman can do without the flamboyant American and former pound-for-pound king.

Pacquiao, in addressing the never-ending question of whether a fight with Mayweather will ever happen, said that he has already agreed to all of Floyd’s demands, but the unbeaten American seems to be dodging the bout. “I don’t need him, he needs me,” Pacquiao said in explaining why he agreed to fight Antonio Margarito in November instead of waiting for Mayweather.

Top Rank’s Bob Arum arranged the Pacquiao-Margarito fight after negotiations with Mayweather fell through due to some unexplained and bizarre reasons. Pacquiao had already agreed to Olympic-style blood testing, which Mayweather had insisted as requisite for the mega-fight to push through, but the American still rejected the offer. Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, even came out to say that no negotiations ever happened. A claim that Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, readily dismissed. “When people are calling me and asking me, ‘Is this OK? Is this OK? Is this OK?’ There’s something going on,” He said. “I know there must have been negotiations going on.”