Floyd Mayweather: Manny Pacquiao has to leave Top Rank to get a fight with me

Mike Stobe

If Manny Pacquiao signs with Mayweather Promotions, he can land a fight with Floyd Mayweather. At least that's Floyd Mayweather's statement.

Manny Pacquiao was recently called a has-been by Floyd Mayweather, and responded by saying that he's no has-been, and still wants the fight with boxing's pound-for-pound king. To nobody's surprise, Mayweather was ready with his own retort to that, saying that if Pacquiao leaves Top Rank and signs with Mayweather Promotions, he can get the fight he wants.

"Everybody's like, 'Aw, Pacquiao,' but I'm just letting you know he's not getting a fight with me. The only way he's getting the fight with me is if he signs with Mayweather Promotions. He's got to give me fights with Mayweather Promotions. If he don't give me no fights under Mayweather Promotions, then he's not getting the fight. That's how it is working now, because the ball is in my court. The ball has been in my court. I have been the A side."

Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) also says he has film of Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz -- who "looks like a little weasel," according to Floyd -- telling Mayweather that he runs things, not Top Rank. Koncz does play a key role on Pacquiao's team without question, but it's hard to believe that he is ahead of Bob Arum & Co. on the pecking order, since Pacquiao keeps doing what Top Rank says, and isn't taking these fights in Dubai or with Mayweather that Koncz is always reportedly working on.

Mayweather-Pacquiao is still a topic because it's still about as good a fight as there is. If Floyd beats Canelo Alvarez on September 14, what are we looking at for Mayweather opponents after that? Amir Khan? Devon Alexander? The Garcia-Matthysse winner? Pacquiao is at least on par with all of those from a potentially competitive standpoint on paper, and is worth a lot more money than any of them. That's why it's still something that makes headlines.

Of course, Manny's not going to sign with Mayweather Promotions, so in summary, this is a thing that Floyd Mayweather said.

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