It looks like the boxing mega-fight between Filipino superstar Manny Pacquaio and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Mayweather commented on a possible fight last month — following Pac-Man’s dominating win over Miguel Cotto — saying that all Pacquiao had to do to get a shot was step up and say it. Well, Manny did, and talks have begun … says reports.
According to the L.A. Times, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum flew to the Philippines on Tuesday (December 1) to discuss a possible meeting between the two boxers in the near future.
nA unidentified source told the paper that Mayweather has already agreed to some contractual details. However, further info was not revealed.
“I’m going over there to figure it out,” Arum told The Times just before departing. “Everything.”
Arum reportedly spent much of Tuesday resolving issues during negotiations with Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who represents Mayweather, before taking off for the Philippines.
He is expected back on Monday (December 7).
ESPN.com reports that the contracts are nearly finalized, and a proposed date of March 13, or May 1, is what is being said. However, a location for the fight is still up in the air.
If the HBO PPV fight does take place on March 13, it would force the tentative HBO PPV fight between light heavyweights, Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins, to move to another date. Both are fighting on Wednesday (December 2) and must win for their fight to go through.
Pacquiao picked apart a bigger Miguel Cotto in November, beating him with a 12th round TKO. Mayweather’s last fight was in September against Juan Manuel Marquez, where he cruised, easily to a 12-round decision. It was Mayweather’s comeback fight since retiring 21 months before.
Boxing fans have long hoped for a Pacquaio-Mayweather showdown, and it looks like it just may happen … soon.