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Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Manny Pacquiao Says 'Hotline Open 24 Hours,' Not Taking Timothy Bradley Seriously? [VIDEO]

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Feb 06, 2014 11:12 AM EST
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Manny Pacquiao
WBO welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao. (Photo : Reuters)

Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to take on Timothy Bradley on April 12th in Las Vegas, but he doesn't seem to be 100 percent focused on avenging his loss to "Desert Storm." Instead Pacquiao was talking about his nemesis Floyd Mayweather Jr. when he sat down with Sports Illustrated.

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The two men have been begged by boxing fans for year to step inside the ring with one another, but in recent times Pacquiao seems like he's more than willing to rumble.

"All I can say is our hotline is open 24 hours," said Pacquiao. "If (Mayweather) calls and lets us know, if he wants to fight, then the fight will be on." He was asked whether he'd choose to face Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time or face Mayweather if he could only take one, but Pacman smiled and said "both," before taking another veiled shot at "Money."

"My job is to fight," Pacquiao said. "I'm not the kind of fighter to be picking my opponent." That said, Pacman is not fighting either man on April 12th. Bradley has already beaten him once, albeit controversially, and now he seems to have improved his game since then.

"I've been ridiculed, disrespected, demonized," Bradley said at a press conference to promote the fight. "I know what to expect this time; it's like riding a bike - the second time is easier. I know everyone didn't think I won the fight, this fight is redemption for me, to get the credit I didn't get."

Despite Pacquiao's standing within the sport, he knows that a loss to Bradley will likely spell doom for any chance of taking on Mayweather down the line. "One thing I can assure you is this is going to be a good fight," Pacquiao said. "Both of us have something to prove. Bradley's proved a lot with his boxing abilities in our last fight, against Ruslan and Marquez."

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