While at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week, 50 Cent took some time away from promoting his new SMS Audioheadphone line to get at Manny Pacquiao for “running” from a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“We’re trying to bring some attention to the general public about Pacquiao because he’s running scared right now,” 50 said while standing next to Floyd. “We’re looking for him. If you see somebody that knows him say, ‘why’s your man scared? 50 was talking about him at the CES Convention.’”
Earlier in the week Floyd called Manny out via Twitter.
“Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see,” Floyd wrote. “My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.”
In an interview with Fighthype.com Friday (January 13) Floyd reiterated his stance, saying he doesn’t want to fight anyone except Pacquiao.
“Like I said before, Floyd Mayweather don’t want to fight nobody but one person. I don’t want to fight nobody else but him. Nobody! I don’t want to fight (Miguel) Cotto. Not Canelo (Saul Alvarez). And I aint looking to fight (Juan Manuel) Marquez a second time. Nobody! I only want him! I only want one person, Pacquiao!” Mayweather said. “I’m not trying to fight (Robert) Guerrero. I fought a southpaw, I fought (Victor) Ortiz. Ortiz was a tune up preparing me for Pacquiao because I thought that fight was going to happen and it’s the fight I want to give the world. I’m looking to fight Manny Pacquiao, why is he duckin’ and dodgin’ me?”
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum told the Manilla Bulletin today that the Mayweather/Pacquiao could still happen in late May or early June in Las Vegas. But he also added that there are alternatives for the Filipino champion if negotiations fall through.
Arum said possible alternatives for Pacquiao include a 2nd fight with Cotto, Tim Bradley, Lamont Peterson or a fourth fight with Marquez.
There is also the possiblity the Pacquiao/Mayweather fight will take place in the United Arab Emirates, where there are investors willing to pay huge sums of money to make it happen.
“Dallas would be the best place to put on that fight in the US because you could get 100,000 people in Cowboys Stadium but Dubai is the best moneywise,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach told the Manilla Bulletin. “There were negotiations with people from Dubai. I met with a group of people who were negotiating with [Pacquiao’s financial adviser] Michael Koncz.”