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Pacquiao demands serious Mayweather talks

Manny Pacquiao (left)  believes it’s time for serious talks for Floyd Mayweather Jnr  bout

Manny Pacquiao has called on Floyd Mayweath­­­­­er to sit down with him and discuss the superfight.

Pacquiao, who is preparing for a welterweight title defence against Chris Algieri on November 22, insisted he wanted to deliver the fight boxing fans had been calling for, despite years of failed negotiations and flimsy excuses. 

"I do have one specific goal and that is to give  boxing fans the fight they have always asked for. 

“I want that fight with Mayweather too”, Pacquiao said.

However, Pacquiao called on Mayweather's camp to get round the table to discuss the bout, saying it was hard to make a fight happen when only one side was talking about it seriously. 

"I believe good-faith negotiations could produce that fight.  

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“But it is impossible to negotiate when you are the only one sitting at the table. Two fighters who want to fight each other have never been kept from fighting each other,” he said.

One stumbling block holding back the fight has been the fact that the two boxers have signed deals with rival American TV networks. Airing rights for Pacquiao fights are owned by HBO, while Mayweather has a contract with CBS/Showtime. 

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum, however, claimed the two networks would work together on a joint pay-per-view scheme in a similar manner to the 2002 heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis, then under contract with HBO, and Mike Tyson, then with Showtime.  

credit: espn.co.uk