Pacquiao dismisses talk of Mosley fight
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Manny Pacquiao dismissed Shane Mosley's talk about an impending deal for an October fight as a ploy, saying he has many possible opponents and no impending deal with the American.
Pacquiao responded on Thursday after Mosley claimed the Filipino superstar's willingness to fight him - if the details were right - was an acceptance of a challenge to meet him in the ring.
"I am not blaming people for coming up with ideas to lure me to fight them," Pacquiao said. "Of course everyone wants to fight me.
"We will make the announcement at a proper time and a proper place after all the fight details have been discussed."
The super-fight most boxing fans want to see is Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jnr, although with hard feelings between Mayweather and Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum, negotiations could be difficult.
Mosley, the World Boxing Association's welterweight champion, indicated he would face Pacquiao at a catchweight and accept only 40 per cent of the purse, which sparked several errant reports that a deal was finalised.
"It's funny that I am the last man to know about this supposed fight," said Pacquiao. "I know everyone wants to fight me and I have said I will fight anyone, including Mosley.
"But I have not heard from my promoter or have seen any contract or fight detail, so there is no fight yet.
"I am flattered that even the great 'Sugar' Shane Mosley is now going after me by any means. I am not closing the door on any negotiations, though, and I trust my promotional and training team to make the best decision for me."
Mosley's willingness to accept a secondary payday could help if talks ever become serious with Pacquiao or Mayweather, who has said he will not settle for even a 50-50 split with Pacquiao.
"I have said it before and I will say it again, I will not run away from a great fight," Pacquiao said. "Floyd Mayweather is even using reverse psychology, saying he will not agree to fight me for a 50-50 purse."
Pacquiao, 30, has won world titles in six different weight divisions and while he does not hold any major belt he is considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Pacquiao knocked out England's Ricky Hatton in the second round last month in Las Vegas, serving notice to Mayweather on the day the US fighter announced his return from retirement.
Mayweather, who will fight Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez next month, will have to reclaim the abdicated pound-for-pound throne in the ring against Pacquiao.
But another possible opponent is the Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, who faces Josh Clottey next week in New York in a fight that Pacquiao will attend at Madison Square Garden.
Pacquiao plans a Los Angeles vacation next week and will bankroll a darts tournament in nearby Burbank June 18-21.