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Mayweather 'hopeful' of Pacquiao fight

ESPN staff
September 14, 2014
Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Marcos Maidana for the second time in Las Vegas on Saturday © Getty Images

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has insisted he is ready to fight long-time rival Manny Pacquiao - but only on his terms.

Mayweather defeated Argentine Marcos Maidana by a unanimous points decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night and afterwards admitted he is ready to face the Filipino fighter.

"We don't know what the future holds, as of right now," Mayweather said. "Anything is possible.

"If the Pacquiao fight does happen it has to happen on Showtime pay-per-view only and Mayweather Promotions have to do the fight.

"At the moment I want to go home, have a break, spend some time with my children and then see who's next in May. Hopefully it's Manny Pacquiao."

Pacquiao's next fight is with Chris Algieri in Macau on November 22 and Mayweather refused to confirm whether his next match-up would be with the the 35-year-old.

The pair are considered the two best pound-for-pound fighters of modern boxing and have flirted with the idea of a setting up a super-fight, coming closest in 2010.

"Manny needs to focus on the guy that's in front of him," Mayweather said. "Once he gets past that task we'll see what the future holds."

The news that Mayweather is open to a Pacquiao fight will come as a blow to Britain's Amir Khan, who is eager to face the undefeated Mayweather.

Khan was ringside as Mayweather outpointed Maidana on Saturday and kept up his campaign for a shot at the 37-year-old with a harsh assessment of his abilities.

"Floyd is looking older and slowing down," Khan said. "I don't just want to fight him for the money, I want to beat him. I believe my speed would do for him right now."

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