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Mayweather Jr rules out Pacquiao bout

ESPN staff
August 21, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Floyd Mayweather Jr will be fighting Saul Alvarez in September © Getty Images
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Floyd Mayweather Jr has all but ruled out a fight against Manny Pacquiao, revealing the Filipino "blew his chance" to take him on in previous years.

Mayweather Jr is set to fight Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 14, but the unbeaten welterweight champion appears to have put an end to years of speculation that he will enter the ring with Pacquiao.

"Manny Pacquiao had a chance to make the fight in the past and basically, that's the best place I'd like to leave it," Mayweather Jr told MLive.

"Now, I'm feeling like I wouldn't even give him a chance... He had a chance, he blew it, so that's what it is."

Mayweather Jr had said in the past the only way he would fight Pacquiao would be if the latter were to move from Top Rank Promotions to Mayweather Promotions.

With a tussle against Mayweather Jr not on the cards for the time being, Pacquiao is set to go toe-to-toe with Brandan Rios in November for the vacant WBO welterweight title.

There had been suggestions Pacquiao would retire following a loss to Timothy Bradley and being knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez last December, but he has insisted he still has "two or three years left" in boxing.

And he is still hoping to take Mayweather Jr on one day, saying: "For me, that's important. It's going to be an important part of my boxing record."

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