LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather wanted to put on a show and he did, from the moment he entered the arena accompanied by acrobats on stilts tossing fake $100 bills to the final seconds, when he finished giving Shane Mosley a beating on his way to a lopsided 12-round decision.
Manny Pacquiao took a break from campaigning for congress in the Philippines to watch on television, and he was impressed. So, too, was most everyone at Mayweather's post-fight press conference Saturday, though there was some concern over the right hand from Mosley that almost knocked him down in the second round.
"Ain't nothing cool about what happened in the second round," Mayweather agreed.
Mayweather (41-0) won every minute of every round after that, making Mosley look old even for 38 and earning every bit of his $22.5 million payday.
But the fight against Mosley (46-6) wasn't the one fans yearn for. And the more Mayweather, 33, talked, the less likely it seemed that fans will get the fight they really want.
"Pacman" and "Money." Will they ever share a ring for real?
"If the fight happens, it happens," Mayweather said. "I'm not out chasing fighters."
He doesn't have to chase Pacquiao, who seems as eager to fight as he does to win in next week's elections.
In a perfect world they meet in November in the sport's richest fight ever. But boxing is a very imperfect world.
Mayweather's demand for Olympic-style blood testing derailed the proposed March 13 fight, and his dominating win Saturday seemed to do nothing but harden his stance for the Pacquiao fight.
"If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test, then we have a fight," Mayweather said. "If not, no fight."
Pacquiao, 31, would be willing to take a test but not on Mayweather's timetable.
"As long as the drug test is not done close to the match, I'll agree because if they'll get blood from me close to the match, it will be a disadvantage for me because I'm smaller and he's big," Pacquiao told a Manila radio station after the Mayweather fight.
So the wait continues.