Yes, he's still without the super-fight, but on his current worldwide tour to promote his Nov. 22 welterweight title defense against unbeaten Chris Algieri in Macao, China, Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 knockouts) is clearly having a good time.
He has met Sandy Koufax, thrown out first pitches in San Francisco and Los Angeles, laughingly gone along with a
"I want to give the people what they want, the fight with Mayweather, but what can I do if he doesn't want to fight?" Pacquiao said Wednesday, when he and Algieri (20-0, eight KOs) held a news conference in Century City.
"My concern is for the fans. For me, as a boxer, it's a shame that he claims he's pound-for-pound champion, that he's undefeated.
"He's ducking another opponent, and it's known all over the world who he should fight. So … I feel sorry for him. What he needs is … to know how to communicate with people. That's why I'm so happy and have peace of mind."
Mayweather's next bout is a Sept. 13 rematch with Argentine Marcos Maidana, who has five losses but gave the champion (46-0) all he could handle in their May bout that one judge scored a draw.
Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum said he believes there can be cooperation between Pacquiao's pay-per-view network, HBO, and Mayweather's,
It's believed Arum's suggestion was received well by
"Maybe next year," Pacquiao said. "I always think positively."