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Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Challenges Manny Pacquiao --

'STEP UP, PUNK'

1/10/2012 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Challenges Manny Pacquiao
Floyd Mayweather Jr. just issued the challenge the world has been waiting for -- demanding Manny Pacquiao fight him once and for all ... May 5th in Vegas.

As we reported, Floyd's jail sentence was postponed to June so he could fight at the MGM Grand on May 5th -- but so far, his opponent hasn't been determined.

Fight fans have been clamoring for Mayweather-Pacquiao for years -- and now Floyd himself is calling out Manny with the message, "Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see."

Floyd sounded off in the tough and hardcore forums of Twitter and Facebook -- and punctuated his challenge with, "Step up Punk."

Manny is in the Philippines ... and has yet to respond to the challenge.

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Carol L    

Most of us assume Floyd lied to the judge. Wouldn't it be interesting if this fight actually was planned all along. Either way, Floyd has started the publicity rolling in a typically Floyd way, hasn't he.

931 days ago
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naples    

Floyd is trying to avoid is his 90 day sentence. His attorney said in court that he had a fight already scheduled in his words "a big fight set already to take place on cinco de mayo" so why is he begging for a fight now? I say make the big mouth wait till after he's served his time. Does he even have a license to fight?? in most cases your license to fight is pulled once you've been convicted and Floyd was.hmmmm

931 days ago
63.

Melissa    

My money is with Manny P. I don't like Floyd he's too full of himself. Plus he's a woman beater.

931 days ago
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Mike Montealegre    

LET'S GET IT ON!! Hope this fight finally happens! -- Got me wondering though; WHY ASK JUST NOW? (Floyd's been dodging this fight for the longest time--then suddenly asking for a fight when he has a sketchy jail term schedule??--and the fight promoter just recently all but quit on him to make this fight a reality?!) something tells me.. somebody #wantstobesavedbythejail <__

931 days ago
65.

jason    

Even if Manny doesn't knock him out I hope he bloodies the little bastard up really good. What Floyd needs more than anything right now is humbling ass whoopin!

931 days ago
66.

Liz    

It aint gonna happen. The only reason the date to start his jail sentence was changed was because he said he had a fight coming up but then there was a problem with his license so maybe he will get this fight with Manny but once the day gets closer Gayweather is going to back out like SHE usually does. He aint nothing but a ballerina in the ring and he picks washed up or inexperienced boxers to fight so he can remain pound for pound. He is acting tough to pick Manny now cause she likes the attention but SHE will back out. SHE is too scared.

931 days ago
67.

jeff p     

Pipe down there little man, don't you have some wife or girlfriend you need to beat up first?

931 days ago
68.

nyc44th    

Yea Yea Yea, of course Floyd is all show and talking big NOW! He seems to forget all the excuses he had before for putting the fight off. Floyd doesn't take a leak unless it's for show and he can try to milk some $$$$ out of it.

931 days ago
69.

fupa    

Seriously Floyd...I guess its better that you look like you have been in the slammer before you actually go in so Bubba will take it easy on you...Manny will win!

931 days ago
70.

Grace    

Wow...what a surprise. Like we all didn't know that this whole scam in court was pre-arranged last week by his defense attorney cause PBF is chicken little punk who's afraid of going to jail. If PBF is really half the man he thinks that he is, then he should do his jail time, then fight Manny. If I were Manny I'd ignore PBF and really put the screws to him. This whole thing was a tragic rape of justice. Both Floyd's attorney and the Justice of the Peace should be punished for this whole scam. Did anyone really think there was a fight arranged? Duh !!!!

930 days ago
71.

Lee    

Its about time. Floyd has been ducking fights from pacquiao for ever.

930 days ago
72.

PEASEY    

LMAO @ Floyd calling out Manny when Manny's been the one challenging Floyd for a fight for a few years now. I hope he gets a beat down! Gotta go for my kababayan- GO MANNY!

930 days ago
73.

Tom Hill    

I don't think Floyd Mayweather should get the fight. He shows no respect for the game anymore and to disrespect the champ, I'd tell him to go beat up his girl again. He's the punk !!!

930 days ago
74.

CM    

oh....damn!..well just wait till u kiss ur ass...STFU!

930 days ago
75.

juancarlos    

finally mayweather is going to get beat up

930 days ago
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