LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17: Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during his post-fight news conference after his fourth round knockout of Victor Ortiz in their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Pacquiao Vs. Mayweather: Floyd Calls Out Manny On Twitter

Here's the latest on the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight that seems doomed for eternity despite every boxing fan hoping for it to happen.

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Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Manny Pacquiao On Twitter, Tells Him To 'Step Up'

Floyd Mayweather, as he likes to do, took to Twitter to make a seemingly simple statement: He wants to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 5 in Las Vegas. Of course, this being boxing, things are never that easy. Chris Celletti of Bad Left Hook explained just how little Mayweather's "call out" means in the big picture:

All it does is allow Mayweather to sign a fight with Robert Guerrero or Canelo Alvarez next week, and when everyone crows about another failed Manny-Floyd negotiation, Mayweather can say "But look! I called Pacquiao out last week!"

The main problem in this mess seems to be that Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, does not want to deal with Team Mayweather. Whether or not that is true, the bigger issue is that this fight doesn't really seem to be any closer to happening than it was before Mayweather's proclamation. As much posturing as there may be, the only way a fight actually happens is if the two sides are talking and there's no reason to believe that's happening soon.


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It's the fight that the world has wanted to see for years now and it may be closer than many realize in the wake of Pacquiao's narrow majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez.

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Mayweather fought Marquez in 2009 and was much more successful, dominating the Mexican superstar over twelve rounds. Every successful boxer is driven by his ego, those that say they aren't are lying, but perhaps no one in boxing is as ego driven as Mayweather.

Floyd is fiercely proud of the fact that he is undefeated, to the point where he thinks that is more important than appeasing the masses who feel that a loss in taking the risk of fighting the one man who can compete with him in pound-for-pound rankings is worth a hundred wins over Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz types. To him, no one can say he isn't the best if he hasn't ever lost.

Now, with Manny struggling to beat a man he dominated, he may see Pacquiao as having enough holes in his game as to be easy prey. That may be the most important thing in actually getting the two pound-for-pound greats in the ring together.

Then again, maybe it won't and we'll simply never see the fight the world wants.

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