Mayweather is able to challenge Pacquiao after his jail term was postponed Floyd Mayweather has challenged Manny Pacquiao to "give the world what they want to see" and fight him on 5 May.
Last week, five-weight world champion Mayweather had a 90-day jail term deferred so that he could fulfil a date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The 34-year-old has used his Twitter account to challenge his Filipino rival and current WBO welterweight champion.
"Step up Punk," said the undefeated American, but Pacquiao has yet respond.
Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5 and give the world what they want to see... Step up PunkFloyd Mayweather via Twitter
Mayweather, the current WBC welterweight champion (with a 42-0 record, with 26 wins by KOs) has had the date booked in Las Vegas for his next bout for several months, but that looked to be in jeopardy when he was sentenced to prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
But his 90-day term was deferred and the five-division world champion looks set to finally agree terms with 33-year-old southpaw Pacquiao (54-3-2 with 38 wins by KOs).
Mayweather tweeted: "Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5 and give the world what they want to see.
"My Jail Sentence [sic] was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk."
The pair, who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, have put off meeting each other in the ring despite both camps promising a deal.
A year ago talks failed on a proposed multi-million dollar 'super-fight' when Pacquiao pulled out after Mayweather demanded random drugs tests ahead of the bout.
"This was boxing's big chance to emerge from the slump. If the dunces can't sort this mess out, many will think the sport is not worth forgiving."
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At the time Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum called Mayweather "a psychological coward who doesn't want to fight anybody who has a chance of beating him", and predicted the bout would never take place.
Nevertheless, after Mayweather stopped Victor Ortiz with a controversial punch in September, and then Pacquiao unconvincingly defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in November, both fighters may see a May 2012 bout as a way to rebuild their fighting reputations.
If the purse on offer matches the £25m-per-fighter deal that was rumoured to be on offer last year, the biggest payday in boxing history may also prove persuasive.
Neither Manny Pacquiao nor his promoters Top Rank have yet commented, and the Filipino fighter's own official Twitter account has not been updated since before Christmas.
Source: BBC News
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