The dream fight that everyone wanted, but never happened, may finally happen in 2015.
In July, Mayweather said that after his rematch to Marcos Maidana this month, he has a “big surprise” for his next fight in May. Many believe it to be Manny Pacquiao.
Well, longtime Pac-Man promoter Bob Arum seems to have let the cat out the bag, saying that the respective fighters’ TV networks — HBO (Pacquiao) and Showtime (Mayweather) — have met and discussed the superfight… and says he’s “very optimistic” that it will be worked out.
“Both networks want this fight to happen,” Arum said, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year.”
He also hinted at the prospect of the pair fighting twice in one year. With expectations of the first fight topping $300 million, an immediate rematch could fetch close to double. “I would love to see these guys fight twice next year,” Arum said, who added that “impediments” — like Mayweather’s demand for drug testing years ago — are no longer an issue, since Pacquiao does random drug testing for every one of his fights now.
“Now it’s up to the fight camps to resolve the deal,” he concluded.
What does Manny Pacquaio think? He wants the fight, and adds that until Mayweather fights him, he will never be considered the best.
“Of course, I want this fight,” Pacquiao said. “People have always been bothering me, ‘When is this fight going to happen?’ … ‘When is this fight going to happen?’ I am ready to fight Floyd anytime.
“Why he will not fight me? Well, I think he is worried about his (undefeated) record,” he tells NJ.com. “He talks about his zero losses. The zero that means so much to him means nothing when measured against who he fought. You talk pound-for-pound best, or undefeated champion. If you don’t defend against the best, none of that means anything.”
Pacquiao also addressed Mayweather’s non-stop chatter, saying he believes the undefeated boxer is uneducated.
“I think I finally understand him:… what he says, … how he acts, … and I don’t like it. But what I learned and heard from him, well, I realize why he is like that. I understand sometimes when the people are not educated they just talk to talk. He sets a very bad example.”
Until then, both boxers are set to fight other opponents. Mayweather fights Marco Maidana in a rematch of what could have been his closest fight on Sept. 13, while Pacuqiao takes on WBO welterweight champ Chris Algieri in Macao this November.