The failure of boxing’s two leading fighters to get it on is the longest-running saga in the sport but remains as far off as ever with Mayweather still insisting on extra stringent drug tests and Pacquiao seemingly intent on pursuing other plans.
Mayweather returned to the ring for the first time since May 2010 on Saturday night to beat WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz with a controversial fourth-round stoppage.
Even the contentious nature of the win – which saw Mayweather land the decisive shots with Ortiz apparently unprepared – did not stop talk quickly turning to the long-awaited pound-for-pound showdown.
“Pacquiao is famous because he is attached to my name,” Mayweather ranted.
“When they say Pacquiao, they say ‘that’s the guy they are trying to get to fight Floyd Mayweather’.
“When they say Floyd Mayweather, they say the greatest ever. How can Pacquiao offer me anything? I do the offering. “He has to get his business in order. When he fights, he gives up 30% of his check, I get 100%.”
Self-styled ‘Money’ Mayweather added: “I just want an even playing field. That’s it. If you have nothing to hide, then take the test.
“With or without Pacquiao, any time Floyd Mayweather goes out there he is going to make 70 million dollars. I don’t need him.”
Mayweather is now unbeaten in his 42-fight career after the weekend’s win in Las Vegas.
It was not the masterclass usually associated with the unbeaten great but Mayweather did enough to preserve his box-office value.
After a quiet opening, the fight burst into life in the fourth round with Ortiz getting Mayweather on the ropes without quite being able to find a decisive blow.
Just before the bell Ortiz had Mayweather on the ropes for a third time, only to be penalised for a headbutt.
The 24-year-old then seemed to be apologising and was not protecting himself as Mayweather landed two punches – the second a big right hand – to end the fight.
Mayweather, though, was unrepentant.
“I was always told to protect yourself at all times,” he insisted. “My mouth was split open. I said keep it clean. Once you touch gloves, it is go time.
“We came together to fight. It is fight time.
“You want to do me dirty and then two minutes later you want to be my friend? This is the hurting business.
“Without the fourth round, he was going to get knocked out anyway. I was fighting stronger. I was keeping my composure and sticking to the game plan.
“Floyd Mayweather isn’t ducking and dodging anybody. If he wants it, he can have a rematch.”
Ortiz, for his part, said of his headbutt: “I fouled Floyd, I apologised in the ring and apologised after the fight as well.
“I would really like the rematch.
“I thought the ref (Joe Cortez) called a break and I am pretty sure he did and then I was like ‘whoa, whoa’, and then I woke up after.”
FLOYD MAYWEATHER has defended his rant at broadcaster Larry Merchant which prompted the 80-year-old to claim on live television “I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass”.
Mayweather won the WBC welterweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz on Saturday night.
But he grew irritable at HBO commentator Merchant’s questions about the controversial nature of the win, which saw Mayweather catch Ortiz with two decisive blows when the champion believed ref Joe Cortez had called break.
The 34-year-old American fighter interrupted Merchant during the in-ring post-fight interview on live television, saying: “You never give me a fair shake.
“So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, all right? I’m through. They can put somebody else up here to give me an interview. HBO need to fire you, you don’t know s*** about boxing. You ain’t s***.”
Merchant then also lost his cool.
“I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass,” he lashed.
Mayweather later defended his comments. “I don’t regret what I said,” he insisted.
“Everybody is tired of Larry Merchant. He said if he was 50 years younger, he’d kick my ass.
“How can you be a boxing expert if you never had a fight before?”