Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have already agreed to a September 2014 fight, according to a new report.
For the past five years, the biggest story in boxing has been the idea of Pacquiao and Mayweather, two of the sport’s most recognizable stars, squaring off. When the idea of this dream match was first announced, both guys were clearly at the top of the pound-for-pound charts. As the weeks turned into months and months turned into years, that changed. While Mayweather maintained his status as the pound-for-pound king, Pacquiao suffered back-to-back defeats to Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Despite the fact that Mayweather vs. Pacquiao would no longer be a meeting between boxing’s two best fighters, fans have still been clamoring for it. And with both men currently coming off dominant victories, it would make sense for a super fight happen to happen at some point in 2014.
According to 78 Sports, Mayweather-Pacquiao has already been unofficially agreed upon, and apparently it will go down in September of this year. Here are the details:
Now, this comes with the usual disclaimer: Don’t believe anything until you see Mayweather and Pacquiao sign on the bottom line of a fight contract.
While it would make perfect sense for Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight in 2014, the fact that this rumor is for September, as opposed to April or May, is worrisome. Why would these guys set up their second fight of the year before announcing the first? Amir Khan’s people are still confident that they have an early 2014 bout set against Mayweather; if Mayweather is fighting a non-Latino fighter in the first half of this year, why wouldn’t it be Pacquiao?
After everything fight fans have been through to date, skepticism comes with the territory. If this report is true and the fight is set up – great. But take all the rumors with a grain of salt until the fight is actually set up.