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Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather Jr.: ‘Sign the contract’

Fighters Network

Manny Pacquiao has begun the year 2015 the same way he ended 2014: By calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“Floyd brags about his lifestyle and everything. I don’t care,” read a message on Pacquiao’s Instagram account. “I’m just waiting here for him to sign the contract! #fightpacquiao”

The retort is the third straight from Pacquiao in response to one made by Mayweather during a Dec. 12 interview on Showtime, when THE RING’s No. 1 fighter, pound-for-pound stated he “would love to fight Manny Pacquiao” on May 2, calling that Saturday “Cinco de Mayweather.”

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Pacquiao first answered Mayweather during a Dec. 16 report by The Agence France-Presse. contending, in part, that “Mayweather can get the amount he wants,” and that, “Money is not the issue in our fight.”

That was followed by yet another statement on Pacquiao’s Twitter account on New Year’s Eve.

“The ball will drop at midnight to usher in 2015,” read the second message. “@FloydMayweather, let’s not not drop the ball on fighting each other next year! #LetsMakeFistory.”

THE RING’s 147- and 154-pound champion, Mayweather is currently aligned with Showtime, having fought four of six bouts stipulated by a multimillion-dollar agreement he signed with the network and its parent company, CBS Corporation.

Officials from Showtime and HBO, the latter of which has televised most of Pacquiao’s fights, have reportedly discussed a joint venture between the networks similar to that which facilitated the fight between undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in June 2002.

Lewis scored an eighth-round stoppage victory over Tyson in the bout. Lewis and Tyson were affiliated with HBO and Showtime, respectively, at the time.

Key aides are reportedly working for Mayweather and Pacquiao, with CBS Corporation Chief Executive Leslie Moonves bringing the two sides together.