Floyd Mayweather Calls Out “Punk” Manny Pacquiao On Twitter, Wants To Fight In May

It’s taken over two years and a considerable amount of drama, but it looks like the much-demanded boxing match between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather may finally be going ahead – if they can actually agree on a date.

Mayweather has challenged Pacquiao to fight in May, making the statement directly from his Twitter account. And with more than two million witnesses, it seems that this is one time that he might not be able to get out of it.

So, now it’s Pacquiao’s turn to make excuses. Or, at least, his promoter.

In two tweets sent yesterday, Mayweather wrote “Manny Pacquiao I’m calling you out let’s fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see” and “My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk.”

Last month, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to domestic battery and no contents to two counts of harassment for assaulting the mother of three of his children and threatening his two sons back in September 2010.

(Yeah, he’s a classy guy.)

Las Vegas judge Melissa Saragosa has delayed Mayweather’s jail term, and his given the boxer until June 1 to report to report to the detention center and begin his sentence, explaining why he wants to fight in May. However, boxing promoter Bob Arum, speaking with the Los Angeles Times, is skeptical about Mayweather’s very public statements, and suggests that a fight in May isn’t going to happen.

“June 9 is perfect,” said Arum, explaining that “May 5 is out, that’s impossible” because additional time is needed for the construction of an arena worthy of the two fighters, who could generate an extra $40 million by fighting at a bigger venue.

“I want to hear that they’re willing to move to June 9,” Arum said. “Then we can sit down and work out a deal.”

Of course, Mayweather will be well into his prison sentence by then, so unless the fighters can come to an agreement to meet in May (or Manny is prepared to box in jail), it looks like the public might be waiting a little while longer to see this long-awaited clash. Assuming, that is, it ever happens at all.