“Do you think that he’s scared to fight you?” Kimmel asked Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts), whose fifth appearance on the show comes nine days before his third clash with RING lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) in defense of his WBO welterweight belt on Nov. 12.
“I don’t know what the reason is,” said Pacquiao, who has battled Marquez through a draw and a split-decision victory in two prior meetings as featherweights and junior lightweights. “But I’m ready to fight him.”
Meanwhile, Mayweather’s adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, has announced that the fighter, who turns 35 in February, will return to the MGM Grand on May 5 against an opponent to be determined, hinting that Mayweather wants that rival to be Pacquiao.
In response to Kimmel’s suggestion that Pacquiao and Mayweather face off in a winner take all contest, Pacquiao said, “I don’t think that he will.” But asked if he would do it, Pacquiao answered, “of course.”
In a surprise, Kimmel also unveiled a video dring which Pacquiao and Marquez sang a duet, “La Bamba.”
KIMMEL’S A GOOD OMEN FOR FOR PACQUIAO
Pacquiao, who will face Marquez at a catchweight of 144 pounds, began Thursday evening’s interview by calling Kimmel his “good luck” charm.
Pacquiao debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live just three days after Halloween in November of 2009, prior to dethroning Miguel Cotto as WBO beltholder by 12th-round knockout later that month.
Pacquiao was also on the show prior to his unanimous decision welterweight defense against Joshua Clottey in March of last year, as well as before earning the WBC’s since-vacated junior middleweight belt with a unanimous decision over Antonio Margarito in November of last year.
A winner of 14 straight fights, eight of them by knockout, Pacquiao was on Kimmel’s show for the fourth time prior to the May 7 defense of his crown, when he unanimously decisioned Shane Mosley.
CAN PACQUIAO KNOCK OUT MARQUEZ?
Pacquiao floored Marquez three times in the first round of their clash in 2004, and once more in their rematch of 2008. So will Pacquiao go for the knockout in their third meeting?
“I am not going to say I am going to knock Márquez out, but I will say that I trained really hard for this fight, and we did a lot of things and made a lot of sacrifices. So if the knockout comes it will come,” said Pacquiao.
“I just want to make sure I am in the best condition come November 12. If the knockout comes, it will be a reward for the hard work that I did. I worked hard for this fight, making sure that I am ready for the fight and in 100 percent condition on that night, mentally and physically.”