By Niall Doran
Pacquiao Challenges Mayweather To A Fight For Charity: In a turn of events yesterday it came out in an interview with Acquiles Zonio of inquierer.net that Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao had upped the stakes in terms of trying to get Floyd Mayweather to fight him. Responding to recent claims from Mayweather that the only reason Manny wanted the fight at this stage was for financial reasons and to help with alleged tax difficulties (info sourced Yahoo Sports Philippines):
“I’m not desperate to fight him just for the sake of money or material things. I’m not the one seeking this fight; rather it’s the boxing fans all over the world,” Pacquiao said.
“I am ready to submit myself to any kind of stringent drug testing. Above all, I challenge him to include in our fight contract that both of us will not receive anything out of this fight,” Pacquiao challenged.
“We will donate all the proceeds from the fight—guaranteed prize, should there be any, gate receipts, pay-per-view and endorsements—to charities around the world.”
Pacquiao added that he is not desperate for a fight as what Mayweather is suggesting. “There’s no reason why I should be desperate to fight him. But since boxing fans worldwide are seeking and demanding a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, I don’t want to disappoint them,” he added.
“As to my tax problem, my lawyers are fixing it already,” Pacquiao told Zonio. “I’m paying my taxes religiously. It is just a matter of reconciling our records with the tax agencies both here and abroad. Should there be any discrepancy, rest assured, I will settle it. I’m a lawmaker and I’m a law-abiding citizen.”
“Floyd, if you’re a real man, fight me. Let’s do it for the love of boxing and for the fans. Let’s do it not for the sake of money. Let’s make the boxing fans happy.”
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