In interview with Pro Boxing Insider, Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of the reigning pound-for-pound king, revealed that Pacquiao’s camp asked help from him to arrange the fight, which is expected to be one of the biggest bouts in boxing history if it will be successfully staged.
Jeff Mayweather said: “I’ve been contacted by Manny’s people, personally and now they want the fight.”
Pacquiao is looking to bounce back from a devastating sixth-round knockout defeat to Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez in December, but the 39-year-old counter-punching specialist looks set on snubbing the proposed Pacquiao vs Marquez fight.
Jeff Mayweather said that Marquez’s reluctance to give Pacquiao a rematch is forcing his camp to move heaven and earth to arrange a fight against the undefeated American while the fight is still marketable.
He said: “They know that if it doesn’t happen now it won’t be worth anything. I got text messages from his advisor so it’s a situation where I will talk to Floyd to see if that fight can potentially be made.”
The former boxer also reiterated that both camps are considering staging the fight in Dubai to avoid paying hefty taxes in Las Vegas, but Jeff Mayweather strongly said that Pacquiao cannot demand for a large purse this time since he is coming off two-straight defeats.
“They don’t have a position so they would either need to take what was offered or there wouldn’t be a fight. More than likely it would probably be Dubai, there is a whole load more money in Dubai so the chances are it would probably be there,” the elder Mayweather added.
If a deal is reached, Pacquiao vs Mayweather will have to wait since the Grand Rapids native recently said that he will fight International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Devon Alexander in a title-unification bout on May 4 in Las Vegas.