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We only want to fight the biggest and the best out there, and Manny Pacquiao, yes, you’re next!”

On June 30th, 2011, Floyd Mayweather declared those words in front of the media and fans who came to the promotional tour in Los Angeles to sell his upcoming fight against WBC welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz. The boxing world thought that finally, Pacquiao and Mayweather will put their signatures on the dotted line, laced up the gloves, and cement their legacy as to who is the best prizefighter in this generation.

Prior to the statement he made in Los Angeles, Mayweather said he “absolutely want to fight” the Pacman.

Another blunder for Floyd Mayweather.

But it seems that Mayweather, great fighter that he is, will not engage the Filipino dervish if he comes out victorious against Ortiz this Saturday, September 17th in Las Vegas.

I never said Manny Pacquiao is next,” Mayweather responded to a reporter’s query during his very recent media workout in his Las Vegas gym. “Stop putting words in my mouth. Nothing is a precursor.”

Mayweather owns a history of self contradictions where he says one thing the other day and mouths something totally different the day after.

Mayweather mentioned Pacquiao fighting his left overs, particularly Oscar dela Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Didn’t Mayweather fought Juan Manuel Marquez, who had to go up beyond the comforts of the lightweight limit? Pacquaio fought marquez twice. Does that fact make him a Pacquiao left over?

Mayweather denies suggesting Pacquiao’s victories at higher weight classes were aided by unnatural and illegal substances. But he clearly implied that when he said “the Philippines got the best performance-enhancing drugs” during a radio interview in late 2009.

His recent backtracking about fighting Pacquiao next if he successfully dispatches Ortiz is another item on Mayweather’s long list of self contradictions.

Just another addition.

Photo credits: Grind 365

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.