Kimmel says he's key to Pacquiao vs Mayweather
MANILA, Philippines – Actor-comedian and television show host Jimmy Kimmel offered to mediate between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the superfight that boxing fans want to watch.
During Pacquiao’s latest guesting on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel show, the TV host said, perhaps in jest, that he can make both boxers reach an agreement.
“What if I tell you that if I can get you and Floyd in a room on television, you could each have one representative, I could make this happen. I really feel like I could be the mediator. Would you agree to something like that?” Kimmel asked the Filipino boxer.
When Pacquiao said yes, Kimmel immediately invited Mayweather to visit the studio for a meeting with the Philippines' fighting congressman.
“Floyd you heard it, I invite you… we will hatch out an agreement and get this fight,” said the popular TV host.
It was Pacquiao’s 6th guesting on Kimmel’s show. The Filipino boxer has been appearing on the show before each of his fights in the last three years.
The boxer discussed various issues like his faith renewal and his controversial statement about same-sex marriage.
“Some reporter asked my stand on same-sex marriage and I told him that I don't favor same sex marriage... but I'm not saying that I'm condemning the gays,” said Pacquiao.
He also narrated his 10-year-old son’s request for him to beat Mayweather.
“He said, ‘Dad I want you to retire but before you retire, I want you to fight one more boxer… I want you to beat Floyd Mayweather,’” said Pacquiao.
It was at that point when Kimmel volunteered to mediate between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
Pacquiao also promoted his fight against Timothy Bradley, which is scheduled on June 9.