“Enough is enough,” Pacquiao said. “I have tried to just brush it off as a mere pre-fight ploy but I think they have gone overboard.
“I say to Floyd Mayweather Jr., don’t be a coward and face me in the ring, mano-a-mano and shut your big, pretty mouth, so we can show the world who is the true king of the ring.”
The Filipino superstar dared Mayweather to climb in the ring and face him at Las Vegas as planned and revealed plans to file a defamation lawsuit against the US fighter in a few days over insinuations that Pacquiao is a dope cheat.
Personally, I think Pacquiao’s thing about not wanting blood to be drawn too close to the fight is borderline superstition — seriously how much blood is needed for a test? It can’t be that much to weaken you — but whatever his reasons, he has cause to be pissed at Mayweather’s behavior, which is clearly aimed at messing with Pacquiao’s head. Probably because Mayweather isn’t confident enough about his chances, and so decided to stoop to such low tricks.
I expected a lot of trash talk from the Mayweather camp. In fact I looked forward to it, as I childishly enjoy such things. After all, boxing is a beautiful sport, but in some level, it’s just two guys trying to give each other brain damage. It’s important to have a sense of humor about it. And Mayweather just isn’t being funny.