Manila (Philippines), Jan. 13 : Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has accepted American rival Floyd Mayweather''s provocative challenge for a heavyweight showdown in Las Vegas in May this year.
The unbeaten Mayweather had dared the Philippine icon this week on Twitter to "Step up Punk", attempting to entice Pacquiao into a May 5 bout in Las Vegas, a fight that boxing fans have wanted to see for years.
Mayweather and Pacquiao, 33, previously had a fight derailed by the US fighter''s demands about blood testing, with both boxers accusing the other of running scared.
"I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Pacquiao, as declaring at a news conference in the Philippines with his US promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao, 54-3 with two draws and 38 knockouts, said if the 34-year-old Mayweather, 42-0 with 26 knockouts, can find a promoter who would give him a guaranteed purse, the fight would be on. (ANI)