NEW YORK — While hyping his coming fight against Joshua Clottey here on Wednesday, Manny Pacquiao took at shot at Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying the undefeated American chickened out of their proposed fight because he was "scared to lose."
"He didn’t want to fight me," Pacquiao said, shrugging his shoulders. "I think maybe Mayweather is scared to lose."
In a press conference at the Madison Square Garden announcing their March 13 fight in Dallas, Texas, Clottey profusely thanked Pacquiao for agreeing to fight him, then smiled for photographs while hugging two Cowboys cheerleaders.
There was no animosity as the two shook hands, spoke glowingly of each other and promised fight fans something to remember.
Pacquiao’s proposed fight against Mayweather fell through after the American, who once held the pound-for-pound mantle until the Filipino star came along, insisted on blood testing 14 days before the fight.
Pacquiao had blood drawn from him the night before losing to Mexican Erik Morales and has vowed never to let it happen again.
"When Manny gives blood, he feels weak for about two days," trainer Freddie Roach said.
"I’m still focused on my training and focused on the fight (with Clottey). I understand May-weather is making alibis to cancel the fight. I’m not the one making alibis. The main thing is he doesn’t want to fight. I have to train differently for Clottey’s style," Pacquiao said.
Of Clottey, he said: "He’s got the size and he’s tough. He can take a punch. He can stand and fight toe-to-toe. I don’t want to underestimate Clottey because he’s a former champion too and he’s a nice guy."