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Pacquiao still in Floyd's sights

Floyd Mayweather says he has not given up on trying to work out a deal to fight Manny Pacquiao.

The 35-year-old American, who beat Miguel Cotto on Saturday night to win the WBA super-welterweight title, said after the bout in Las Vegas, "Let's give the fans what they want to see.

"The fight I was looking to fight was against Manny Pacquiao. But I don't think the fight would happen because of (Pacquiao's promoter) Bob Arum.”

Previous talks to arrange the mega-fight were scuttled by a number of issues, including the sharing of pay-per view revenue and drug testing.

Mayweather stepped up in weight to fight Cotto and used his superior hand speed and solid defence to win by unanimous decision.

"You got to suck it up and fight hard," Mayweather said. "Miguel Cotto was a tough competitor. I had to execute the game plan and fight my heart out."

Cotto, from Puerto Rico, made Mayweather work for the victory and won some of the middle rounds.

"Miguel Cotto is a future hall of famer," Mayweather said. "He is no push-over."

The bout was the 20th “world” title fight for Mayweather and the first time he has fought at super-welterweight since beating Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.

He was coming off a controversial win over Victor Ortiz to take the WBC welterweight title last September.

Mayweather is scheduled to report to jail on misdemeanour domestic violence and harassment charges soon.

Asked about going to jail, Mayweather said he was ready to face the American prison system.

"You are faced with certain obstacles in life," he said. "You take the good with the good and the bad with the bad. When June 1 comes around I am going to accept it like a true man."


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