Boxing: Pacquiao wants Mayweather fight


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The Independent Online

Manny Pacquiao, who will defend his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas tonight, has admitted that the fight the world wants to see would be him against Floyd Mayweather.

The Filipino, speaking to the BBC, said: "That's what the fans want to see and even my kids request me to fight him before I retire."

Pacquiao was due to fight the American in 2010, but the bout was called off after Mayweather's camp demanded that Pacquiao took a blood test in the 30 days prior to the fight, and Pacquiao's camp refused.

Yesterday, Pacquiao said: "Absolutely, I'm excited about that fight happening. The problem is not on our side, it's on his side. Some other time we will discuss it again and hopefully it will happen."

Mayweather has won world titles at five weights and he and Pacquiao are considered the best pound for pound boxers in the world. Pacquiao said he was not under-estimating Bradley, who is unbeaten.

"I'm focused on the Bradley fight," he said, "making people happy with a satisfying performance."