Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/9/12

Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao and Manny Pacquiao insists he wants to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr., but we all know there is much more to the situation than meets the eye. Floyd recently reiterated the fact that the fight will probably never happen because Pacquiao won’t take a drug test. After he defeated Miguel Cotto over the weekend, Mayweather again told reporters that Pacquiao is ducking him, not the other way around. Pacquiao’s camp, however, is saying they will do anything it takes to make the fight happen.

“Would Manny beat Floyd? You bet,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said Tuesday according to The Ring. “The way to beat Floyd is to outwork him every minute of every round. Manny is the only fighter capable of executing that game plan.

“Activity kills Mayweather. You need to stay busy against him and not let him dictate the pace by slowing down the fight. Southpaws are his other weakness. Manny is just a bad combination for Floyd to fight. If it would bring Floyd into the ring, I’d agree to have Manny fight him right-handed.”

Pacquiao said that he watched the Mayweather-Cotto fight but is focusing on his June 9 fight against Tim Bradley. While there has been some recent speculation that Pacquiao’s newfound relationship with God may influence him to retire, he insists he has no plans to do so. Even still, it’s unlikely the fight will ever happen.

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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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