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Manny Pacquiao answers to Floyd Mayweather Jr Twitter challenge to fight him on May 5, 2012

By on Jan 11, 2012 in Asia, Boxing, Sports Comments

Manila, Philippines – Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao answered back to the Twitter challenge of his most controversial nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight him on May 5, 2012.

Manny Pacquiao (left) and Floyd Mayweather Jr
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According to ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, Pacquiao said that it is up to Mayweather Jr. to decide if their much-awaited boxing bout will push through, not him.

“Wala ng problema doon. Tanggapin na lang n’ya ang 50% na share n’ya at okay na ‘yung fight,” Pacquiao, who turned 33 last December 17, told the report, with each of them being estimated to make around $50 million to $60 million.

(There are no more problems. Once he accepts the 50% share, then the fight deal is done)

“S’ya na dapat ang mag-oo… Priority ng Top Rank, namin, na matuloy ang laban na ‘yun dahil ‘yun ang hinihintay mga tao.” Pacquiao added, who was recently promoted as Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.

(He is the one to say yes… The priority of Top Rank is that the fight should push through since it has long been waited by the people)

On Tuesday, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was given a 90-day sentence and a 100-day community service last December 21 for a battery case, challenged Manny Pacquiao via Twitter.

Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.” Mayweather Jr (@FloydMayweather) tweeted.

“My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.” The 34-year old American boxer tweeted, about two hours later, as he is set to be behind bars starting June 1, 2012.

Meanwhile, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout on May 5 is unlikely to happen, citing a later date is more possible.

“You don’t throw $40 million away. May 5 is out, that’s impossible. June 9 is perfect.” Arum told the paper, noting the extra time is needed for the construction of an arena much bigger than the 16,000-seat MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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