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Mayweather 'absolutely' wants Pacquiao fight

ESPN staff
June 28, 2011

Days before David Haye takes on Wladimir Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather Jnr has hinted at another mega-fight by confirming that he "absolutely" wants to face Manny Pacquiao.

After initial negotiations collapsed over the timing of pre-fight blood testing, it was thought that the clash, which will determine the sport's pound-for-pound king, was a non-starter.

But the fans' desire to see the fight happen has kept it firmly on the agenda and, at a press conference to promote his September date with Victor Ortiz, Mayweather said he is still keen to dance with Pacquiao.

"I want to let the fans know, Floyd Mayweather don't duck or dodge anyone," Mayweather said. "Do I want the Pacquiao fight? Absolutely. If that's what the fans want, that's what I'll give them, but I can't overlook Victor Ortiz. He's tough and he's earned the right. Out of 29 fights, he's had 22 KO's.

"I never once said Manny Pacquiao was cheating. I just said that me and any opponent that I face, must take the test.

"HBO could have already made the fight happen by stepping in and saying 'both of you take the test' and this fight would have happened."

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