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Floyd Mayweather, Jr. “taking one step at a time”; hopes for future bout vs. “Pac-Man”

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Undefeated American boxer Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather, Jr., criticized by some for avoiding a showdown with Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, has reportedly indicated hopes in finally facing the Filipino boxing icon, currently rated as the “number one” pound-for-pound best boxer in the world.


At a news conference Tuesday, intended to kick off a promotional tour for a bout pitting Mayweather against newly crowned WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz, the 34-year-old American boxer dealt most of his time answering questions about Pacquiao as he did about Ortiz and their upcoming fight on

Sept. 17 in Las Vegas.

“After this fight, if I’m able to negotiate a Pacquiao fight, it could happen,” Mayweather, who will be ending a 16-month layoff since beating Sugar Shane Mosley in May 2010, said via the AFP. “(Ortiz) is a southpaw. That could lead to the Pacquiao fight. If it does or it doesn’t, I’m not going to stop fighting.”

Though he still hopes to give fans a long-sought clash against Pacquiao, the formerly rated “No. 1” pound-for-pound best boxer in the world Mayweather still reiterated his demand for random blood and urine tests.

The said random blood and urine tests, which is not required by any U.S. boxing oversight group has not only led to break down in talks between Mayweather’s camp and Pacquiao’s side in the past but also resulted in the filling of a defamation suit against Mayweather.

Pacquiao, in the suit, argues that his reputation was damaged when Mayweather accused him of being a dope cheat for refusing to undergo random testing.

It is just one of the several legal woes Mayweather is currently facing.

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