Will 2015 finally be the year we see Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao square off in the ring? Legendary promoter Bob Arum says so.
Arum tells the San Francisco Chronicle that television networks from both sides – HBO for Pacquiao and Showtime for Mayweather – want this fight to go down in 2015.
“Both networks want this fight to happen,” Arum said. “All signs seem to point to the fight happening early next year.”
Pacquiao was in San Francisco yesterday promoting his November 22 fight against Chris Algieri. When asked about a possible bout with Mayweather, Pacquiao said he’s wanted to fight for years.
"Of course, I want this fight," Pacquiao told the Chronicle. "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."
Arum acknowledged that this fight won’t be must-see TV forever. Both fighters are already on the wrong side of their careers.
"There is a sell-by date, where it becomes 'Who cares?' [after that]. It has to happen by the first six months of next year," Arum said. "And if it happens, there should be a provision with a different percentage for the rematch. So that the winner is rewarded for winning the fight. I would love to see these guys fight twice next year."
Will it happen? Who knows. At this point, hearing someone say the fight might finally go down is déjà-déjà-déjà vu. I wouldn’t get your hopes up until it’s official.