The fight that all boxing fans have been waiting for could be closer than ever to becoming reality. With Floyd Mayweather Jr. fresh off his victory over Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao’s campaign for Philippine congress coming to a close, negotiations could begin as soon as Tuesday.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddy Roach says that Pacquiao’s place in the Philippine government won’t affect his fighting.
“When he fights they close down Parliament and all the terrorists call for a peace,” Roach joked. “It’s not going to change anything. They’ll just announce him as Congressman Manny Pacquiao, that’s all.”
The real obstacle stalling negotiations between the two fighters’ camps is the issue involving Olympic-style drug testing. Mayweather insists that any fighter he meets in the ring must have blood tests.
“If Manny Pacquiao can take a blood and urine test then we have a fight,” Mayweather said following his win over Mosley. “If not, no fight.”
Paquiao still insists that giving blood within 24 days of any fight makes him weaker.
Money could also be an issue now that Mayweather has taken on another highly skilled fighter after the first breakdown of negotiations. The last fight Pacquiao took part in versus Miguel Cotto sold 700,000 pay-per-view buys, while the Mayweather-Mosley fight is forecast to sell 1.1 million.
The hypothetical lines have been set by Online Sportsbooks with Floyd Mayweather Jr. favored at -140. Manny Pacquiao, though widely considered the favorite by boxing analysts, is the underdog at +110. The over/under on total rounds of the bout has been set at 11.5.
These available line are contingent upon the fight taking place in 2010.