No word from Mayweather after Ali's Pacquiao challenge
MANILA – Floyd Mayweather Jr. has yet to respond to Muhammad Ali, days after “The Greatest” urged for a super bout with his Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.
After congratulating Mayweather for his unanimous decision win over Marcos Maidana, Ali tweeted: “Maybe after you rest up we can see you rumble with @MannyPacquiao!”
Retired heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis joined Ali’s call, saying the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight seems to be a perfect finale.
“Honestly the only fight I want to see for Mayweather is Pacquiao! #TheGrandFinale,” Lewis said through his own Twitter account.
Mayweather, however, chose to ignore both boxing greats and instead posted a Twitter message saying he expects to earn up to $70 million for his clash with the Argentine brawler.
“$32M for 36 minutes. I'm waiting for the PPV numbers to come in so I can make another $38M on the back-end. Making it a grand total of $70M,” he said through his official Twitter account.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, said he’s always ready to fight the controversial American.
But the bout, which has been talked about for years, has yet to happen because Mayweather always comes up with reasons not to fight his Filipino rival.
“Para sa akin, kailangan narin matuloy 'yang laban na 'yan, kasi ilang libo nang tao nagtatanong sa akin kung kailan ba matutuloy 'yang laban na 'yan,” said Pacquiao in an recent interview with ABS-CBN.
“Hintayin nalang natin kung lalaban siya.”