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Floyd Mayweather says that the window for Manny Pacquiao to fight him has closed, stating that he gave the Filipino fighter his chance and "he blew it" as far as the best pound-for-pound boxer is concerned.
Mayweather had previously told Yahoo! Sports' Kevin Iole, in mid-July, that he would be willing to fight Pacquiao if he left Bob Arum and Top Rank boxing promotions and joined up with Mayweather Promotions, but has since changed his mind.
"He's not going to get a chance to fight me," Mayweather told Mlive.com. "I was feeling that way weeks ago. Now, I'm feeling like I wouldn't even give him a chance. He had a chance, he blew it, so that's what it is."
Mayweather, who's preparing for his Sept. 14 bout against Mexican boxer Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez as part of his six-fight deal with Showtime, is the world's richest athlete, and is expected to make $90 million in 2013 earnings between his May 4 fight with Robert Guerrero ($32 million with his pay-per-view cut giving him at least another $13 million) and his upcoming bout with Álvarez.
"[Pacquiao] handled his career like he handled his career and I handled my career like I handled my career," said Mayweather.
Mayweather has been provoking Pacquiao, who is preparing for his own Nov. 23 fight in Macau, China against Brandon Rios, calling Pacquiao a "has-been" via social media.
"That's good [he thinks that], if he wants to fight me, that's good," said Pacquiao to Marcos Villegas of YouTube.com's The Boxing Channel. "Why doesn't he want to fight me if that's his thinking? Let's get it on and fight in the ring."