After Floyd Mayweather’s defeat of “Suger” Shane Mosley last month, the big question has been: will a fight against Manny Pacquiao be next?
Well, it looks like the mega-fight is back on.
Shortly after Pac-Man won a seat on Congress in his native country the Philippines recently, negotiations for a fight between himself and Money Mayweather began … for the second time. However, Mayweather was still said to be holding firm on his stance for Olympic-style drug testing.
But now, a compromise may have been met.
According to the BBC, Pacquaio is agreeing to a 14-day cut-off — leading up to the fight — for blood testing, an offer Mayweather said he offered originally, but was denied.
“I have agreed to it, but they should not draw much blood. They should only take what is necessary for the drug test,” the Filipino boxer is quoted as saying.
A fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather — who many regard as the two best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport today — would likely be the biggest in boxing history.
“He [Mayweather] will no longer have a reason [not to fight],” said Pacquiao. “Let’s see if that is really the reason.”
Both fighters tried to make the fight happen earlier this year, but negotiations ceased after both sides failed to agree on terms regarding drug testing.
They both went on to take separate fights, and both were victorious. Pacquiao defeated Joshua Clottey, and Mayweather beat Shane Mosley in a decision. Following Mayweather’s win, talk began about a possible match against Pac-Man, and now, things seem to be nearly finalized.
At press time, nothing had been announced officially, but previous statements from Pac-Man’s camp said the potential fight would take place in November.