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Manny Pacquiao continued to publicly chase a fight with Floyd Mayweather as 2014 came to a close, as he called him out on Twitter to agree to a fight in 2015.
Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) turned 36 last month and has been much more vocal in his pursuit of a fight with fellow welterweight king and pound-for-pound star Mayweather which would be the richest fight in boxing history.
On Wednesday, he continued that pursuit on Twitter and said that it was time for the pair to stop keeping the fans waiting and finally set up a bout.
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) December 31, 2014
The pair have been unable to agree on a fight since discussions first started back in 2009, with calls for drug-testing protocols and issues over money keeping them apart.
However, it has been reported that there have been recent discussions between Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and Leslie Moonves, the head of CBS, who have two fights left on a six-fight contract that CBS and subsidiary network Showtime signed with Mayweather.
For it to finally happen, CBS/Showtime and Time Warner/HBO would have to come together for a joint pay-per-view broadcast which they haven’t done since 2002 when Mike Tyson took on Lennox Lewis which became the highest-grossing fight in boxing history at the time.
Pacquiao has said throughout the process that he would be willing to take less than 50 percent of the money in order to make the fight happen, but it is understood that there has been little movement or response from Mayweather’s side since.
Mayweather called out Pacquiao last month to agree to a fight on May 2, but it remains to be seen whether or not these two great fighters finally meet in the ring in 2015.