Floyd Mayweather once again reiterated his position on the Manny Pacquiao fight in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with FightHype.com.
The two have traded virtual jabs ever since Mayweather issued the initial challenge and set a date for the bout (May 2nd). Asked why now, and Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) said this:
"I think just timing. The right time. The right place. I think that this fight should happen. The time is right, and the time is now."
It seems almost inevitable that the two will fight, but not before each camp can milk every single ounce of promotion out of the deal. Mayweather, an undefeated champion with obvious bargaining power, also explained how drug testing was once a stumbling block during prior negotiations, but now he expects Pacquiao to accept the deal on Mayweather's terms.
"I brought [testing] to the front, and this is not just in boxing but in sports. I made people aware of being treated fair. I know myself that anything can happen, but for a guy to beat me, he must beat me honestly. Do it the right way."
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum has been seen as a hurdle in negotiations as well, at least from Mayweather's perspective.
"When people say Bob Arum is in the way, that's the difference between me and Pacquiao. I'm in control. When I say 'I'm ready to go,' I'm ready to go. Pacquiao fights when Bob Arum tells him he has to fight. I fight when I want to fight. I move when I want to move."
Check out the whole interview here: