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Floyd Mayweather Jr. delivers online rant against Manny Pacquiao

WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE

A 10-minute video posted to YouTube on Thursday featuring a racist rant by Floyd Mayweather Jr. against rival boxer Manny Pacquiao has quickly caught the boxing world’s attention.

Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO) refers to Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KO) as a "midget," makes repeated references to the Filipino’s race and accuses him of using performance-enhancing drugs.

“I’m gonna fight the Pacman when he’s off the power pellets,” he says.

The two welterweights are considered the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, but have been unable to agree to terms that would see them meet in the ring.

Negotiations between the two sides fell through for a potential fight on March 13, when Pacquiao refused Mayweather’s demand that random blood testing be administered before and after their fight.

The two camps reportedly engaged in more negotiations this past summer, however, a deal was never made and Mayweather’s camp later insisted that talks with Pacquiao never took place.

In the video, Mayweather, who defeated Shane Mosley on May 1, says he doesn’t know if he wants to fight again — but then quickly adds he’ll beat Pacquiao whenever he does return to the ring.

“I don’t know if I’m going to fight again. I’m on vacation for about a year,” Mayweather said. “When we do come back, we are gonna kick (Pacquiao’s) ass.”

Brett Okamoto can be reached at 948-7817 or brett.okamoto@lasvegassun.com. Follow him on Twitter at LVSunFighting

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