Boxing: Manny Pacquiao denies imminent showdown with Floyd Mayweather
MANILA (AFP) - Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao has dismissed reports that he and American Floyd Mayweather are to hold talks about fighting each other, questioning whether a bout will ever happen.
Manila newspapers were abuzz with talk over Christmas that a September 2014 date had been set, but Pacquiao, 35, told the website Philboxing.com that a deal is not imminent.
"I have no plans to go to the United States to talk to Floyd. That's not true," he said. "If it's a done deal already, how come I do not know anything about it?"
The boxer-turned-congressman convincingly beat American Brandon Rios in Macau in November, after successive losses to American Tim Bradley and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. The comeback win sparked renewed speculation of a long-awaited Mayweather bout.