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Koncz: Pacquiao still wants Mayweather Jr bout

ESPN staff
June 8, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Manny Pacquiao has suffered defeat in his last two fights © PA Photos
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If successfully negotiating his November 24 fight with Brandon Rios, Manny Pacquiao would be interested in setting up a super-bout with undefeated welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr, according to the Filipino's advisor Michael Koncz.

Pacquiao steps into the ring with 'Bam Bam' in Macau later this year, while Mayweather Jr faces fellow unbeaten star Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez on September 14.

'Money' has not been shy in his comments over a potential fight, but has recently insisted that Pacquiao is a long way off facing him, following the 34-year-old's successive defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

However Koncz believes that, should 'Pac Man' seal an impressive win over Rios in China, the American five-division champion would have 'no excuse' in turning down the opportunity for a fight the world wants to see.

"Right now, Manny's focused on Brandon Rios, but Floyd is always a possibility," Koncz told Ring TV. "We've always said that we would fight Floyd.

"I think that Manny will have to have an impressive win in light of comments that Floyd has made about Manny losing his last two fights, and I think that if Manny has an exciting and impressive win come November 24, then Floyd won't have any excuse if he really wants to fight."

Mayweather Jr is currently contracted to fight on American network Showtime after the 36-year-old signed a six-bout mega deal in February, but Pacquiao has recently fought on rival channel HBO. However, Koncz does not believe this to be an issue if negotiations over a potential bout were to commence.

"Manny's not tied to to any network," Koncz added. "So if the fans still want to see this fight, we're willing to do it."

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