Mayweather lays down gauntlet to Pacquiao by offering May 5 showdown
Floyd Mayweather Jnr has challenged Manny Pacquiao to fight him on May 5.
The WBC welterweight champion’s plans to fight on that date in Las Vegas looked to be dead and buried when he was sentenced to prison.
But his 90-day term was deferred and the five-division world champion looks set to finally agree terms with Pacquiao for what could be the first $100m bout in history.
Fight of the century: Floyd Mayweather could fight Manny Pacquiao
Mayweather tweeted: 'Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th 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 on several occasions.
The latest blow to negotiations came when Mayweather was sentenced to prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend.
Up for it Floyd Mayweather tweeted his challenge to Manny Pacquiao
But last week a judge declared that the 34-year-old could serve his time from June 1, paving the way for him to fight as planned.
It remains to be seen how the Pacquiao camp will respond but the Filipino said: 'I've said this over and over before and I'm saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jnr to be my next opponent and I haven't changed my choice despite recent developments.
'I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference. Whoever the fans want me to fight, I will face him atop the ring.
Will he accept the challenge Mayweather will await Pacquiao's answer
'[However] I don't choose the fight. It is my promoter who does because it's his job. My job is to fight, everybody must realise that.'
Arum had previously told ESPN: 'I'll sit with Manny and explain everything to him, tell him what I
think each of these fights would do on pay-per-view.
talk about what (trainer) Freddie [Roach] thinks and about what (Top
Rank matchmaker) Bruce [Trampler] thinks. Then I'll let Manny make the
decision on which opponent he wants to fight, which I am sure he will do
while I am there.'