Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will likely fight in early 2013. There are no guarantees, obviously, but that’s what all signs are pointing to. Over the past few months both sides’ representatives have mellowed their tones, the barbs exchanged have become noticeably softer, and words expressing mutual respect for one another were offered at least once by both Pacquiao and Mayweather.
This Dream Fight will happen. Before the terms can be officially worked out, however, certain loose ends need to be worked out. One of those loose ends? The federal defamation suit that Pacquiao filed against his arch rival.
Late Tuesday, a few hours after reports emerged that the pair had settled their differences in court, Mayweather’s representatives sent out a very interesting statement to Boxing Scene.
“Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs,” the statement read.
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“Manny Pacquiao is a great champion, and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs.”
Well, that’s a far cry from what Mayweather was saying a few years back, right?
It’s all part of the game. These guys are mending fences, inch by inch, piece by piece, because that’s the only reasonable way to get to their super fight. Pacquiao offering to take less of the purse. Mayweather apologizing for his attacks – they’re all tiny steps that will eventually lead into negotiations. And seeing as most of the terms have already been worked out publicly, really, the negotiations will be more of a formality than anything else.
Again, nothing is guaranteed in this world – obviously. These two have let us down in the past. But there is no denying that, based on everything we’ve seen over the past month, both Pacquiao and Mayweather appear to be moving in the right direction.
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It’s safe to get excited, folks.
Just not too excited.