[box type=”default” size=”large”] It is the fight the world wants to see — Sulaiman [/box]MANILA — The World Boxing Council (WBC) is not losing hope that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will finally clash in the not-so-distant future as the Mexico City-based governing body is calling on the two “to sit down and make the fight happen.”
In a statement, the WBC, headed by Mauricio Sulaiman, a matchup between Mayweather and Pacquiao, “clearly and simply, (is the fight) the world wants to see.”
Mayweather has won several WBC titles in a legendary career, while Pacquiao has also done the same thing in racking up eight world titles the last 16 years.
The WBC came out with the stand following Mayweather’s successful defense against Marcos Maidana of Argentina recently and the forthcoming clash between Pacquiao and unbeaten US fighter Chris Algieri.
Pacquiao and Algieri are set to face each other on Nov. 23 in Macau and the WBC feels there is no other alternative for the two but to agree and give the world the fight they all want to see.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said it’s all up to Mayweather to decide if a Pacquiao match can be made as the Filipino has agreed to almost everything that he has demanded.
Besides, Arum pointed out that HBO, which is aligned with Pacquiao, and Showtime, which has Mayweather, are dead-serious in setting aside differences for the sake of making the fight happen.
But recently, Mayweather came out smoking again, saying for the fight to take place, Showtime has to call the shots in the promotion and Arum has to be left out in the cold.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is not giving a Mayweather much thought as he is deeply focused on beating Algieri when they slug it out in Macau.
Trainer Freddie Roach is expected to reunite with the 35-tear-old Pacquiao early next month in General Santos City to begin the most crucial phase of the preparation.
Pacquiao is the huge favorite against Algieri, who earned a shot at Pacquiao on the strength of his upset victory over Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia last June. (Nick Giongco, MB)